Weekly News Roundup

Now that my sugar-based surfactant story on ICIS Chemical Business is out of the way — that will be published and distributed next week at the ICIS World Surfactants Conference — here is the blog’s news roundup from last week. I also included bits of news that I just came across my email inbox from two weeks ago (sorry….)

GlyEco buys MMT Technologies

Glycol recycler GlyEco will acquire certain assets of Florida-based MMT Technologies, another glycol recycler. MMT, with 2011 revenues of $500,000, has over 1,000 customers from major car dealerships, quick lube facilities and independent repair shops. GlyEco said this is its third acquisition in the past 60 days. The transaction is expected to close on May 31. An estimated 177m gallons/year of recyclable antifreeze is disposed each year in the US, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Cardia Bioplastics wins US contract

Cardia Bioplastics has been awarded an annual supply contract worth at least $500,000/year from a leading American diaper products company for hygiene films made using Cardia Biohybrid technology. Cardia Bioplastics will supply the Cardia Biohybrid hygiene films from its Nanjing/China based film manufacturing plant.

Elevance’s progress in catalyst tech

Elevance Renewable Sciences and metathesis catalysts developer XiMo AG have carried out successful demonstrations that make the Molybdenum-catalyzed metathesis of natural oil esters commercially competitive. Under the collaboration, which started in January 2011, the researchers tested more than 40 catalysts using several natural oil feedstocks under various conditions to evaluate their efficiency.

Cereplast launches first TPE-starch hybrid

Cereplast has introduced Hybrid 111D and Hybrid 112D thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) starch hybrid compounds for injection molding applications. Hybrid 111D boasts 30% starch and Hybrid 112D has 50% starch.End markets include soft grip applications such as handles for bicycles and tools, cosmetics packaging, housewares, household appliances, footwear and automotive applications. Cereplast also plans to introduce polyethylene hybrids in the next few months.

Vertellus picks castor distributors

Vertellus Specialties Inc. a manufacturer of castor oil, castor oil polyols and derivatives, has chosen McCullough & Associates Distributors as its authorized distributor in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee. Vertellus also picked the Horn Company to be its authorized distributor in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Oklahoma.

Dow expands solar shingle markets

Dow Chemical expanded the availability of its Dow Powerhouse Solar shingle to San Antonio and Austin in Texas and to homeowners in northern California. Authorized dealers in the Texas area includes Beldon Roofing Company, Quality Roofing, and Ja-Mar Roofing. In California, new authorized dealers include Town & Country Roofing and Dority Roofing.

And in ICIS News (requires subscription):

News from the recent NPE tradeshow in Orlando:

Heavy trucks to start using recycled materials – SABIC

Braskem in bid to be world leader in sustainable chemistry

Bioplastics to reach polymer equivalence soon – BASF

More PET scrap stays in the US for recycling



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