Archive | May, 2012

ICIS 2012 Innovation Awards

ICIS is now eliciting entries for this year’s Innovation Awards. Now in its ninth year, the ICIS Innovation Awards receive high-profile press coverage in ICIS Chemical Business and beyond. This year, were are pleased to announce sponsorship support from Dow Corning, Bayer MaterialScience, Shell Chemicals, U.S. Chemicals and CRA. There are five categories to consider:· […]

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Pactiv compostable food tray

I am currently eating my lunch when I noticed the logo of my food’s packaging and it said EarthChoice by Pactiv. Given my curiosity, I immediately googled it, and lo and behold, the container (which I really like by the way), is made from NatureWorks’ Ingeo bioplastic. Pactiv launched its EarthChoice line in May 2010. […]

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Big green chemical news

I set aside some of the news that came my way via email from Gevo, Segetis, Genomatica, LS9 and Solazyme.   Last week, Gevo announced that it has started the world’s first commercial-scale corn-based isobutanol production at its 22m gal/year ethanol facility in Luverne, Minnesota, which was retrofitted to produce 18m gal/year of isobutanol. Gevo’s […]

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Weekly News Roundup

I hope US readers had a great 3-day weekend. I sure did enjoy mine =). Unfortunately, given that ICIS’ production is based in the UK and next week is the Queens Jubilee where my colleagues will have 2 days off, we are now scrunched to file earlier this week so you might not hear too […]

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Uhde expands into PBS processing

Some of the blog’s readers might be already familiar with biodegradable polymer polybutylene succinate (PBS) if they have been following developments within the biobased succinic acid and 1,4 butanediol (BDO). PBS available in the market is currently manufactured using petrochemical-based succinic acid and BDO. European engineering company Uhde Inventa-Fischer announced last week that it is […]

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Brazil’s first commercial cellulosic ethanol plant

Cellulosic biomass technology developer GraalBio is planning to help build Brazil’s biorefinery industry with a R$300m ($146m) investment of a new 22m gallons/year cellulosic ethanol plant to be constructed in Alagoas using sugarcane bagasse and straw for initial feedstock. GraalBio is also developing a new type of cost-competitive biomass called Energy Cane, a cross hybrid […]

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Braskem’s next bioplastic move

The green blog was a bit concern for a while on the status of Braskem’s green poplypropylene (PP) project when news of management shake-up within Braskem reached ICIS news desk a couple of weeks ago. However, I saw this article from BusinessGreen.com dated May 8 talking about Braskem pushing through its $100m sugarcane ethanol-based PP […]

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Weekly News Roundup

Here is my (semi)weekly news roundup which has been stewing for a while in my draft box. School is over for now and I’m glad to announce that I am moving on to the next semester. Hopefully, this summer will be more productive for the blog. FMC launches environmental unitFMC Corp. has launched FMC Environmental […]

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Opinion: Thoughts on Facebook and the Genius of Markets

By Sam Nejame, Promotum Just an aside on comparative valuation. Isn’t it a little strange, that a company which monetizes the social habits of teenage girls (Hello Facebook!), is more valuable than the future of food, materials and energy? Without exaggeration almost everything we touch, wear, eat, drive etc. depends on chemicals and fuels. Yet, […]

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Finals week

The green blogger is out of service this week. Good luck to me!

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