Weekly News Roundup

The renewable chemical industry seems to be pretty quiet these days aside from a great news yesterday regarding the bio-PET collaboration between consumer brand companies Coca-Cola, Nike, P&G, Ford and Heinz.

Just FYI to readers, the blog will be out of service from June 15 to July 4. Translation: The blogger will be traveling partly for work and partly for vacation. Yeah!

Here are this week’s news roundup:

Braskem, Tecnaro bioplastic partnership

Braskem and Tecnaro GmbH will collaborate to produce a new line of application for Braskem’s sugarcane-based polyethylene (PE) plastic. Tecnaro will produce Green PE-based biopolymer compounds under the trademark ARBOBLEND, which can be processed by injection molding, extrusion or thermoforming depending on the formula. Tecnaro was selected by Braskem to expand the penetration of the biopolymer in the European market

PTT completes NatureWorks buy

PTT Global Chemical has completed its investment transaction on May 31 and fully acquired a 50% stake in NatureWorks for $150m (Baht 4,572m). PTT Global Chemical announced the acquisition last year in October. The companies plan to build a polylactic acid facility in Thailand.

DuPont solar deal in China

DuPont China will collaborate with China Sunergy Co. Ltd. in photovoltaic technologies and materials over a three-year period. China Sunergy has agreed to increase its purchase of photovoltaic materials from DuPont, including DuPont™ Solamet® photovoltaic metallizations used in solar cells to achieve higher cell efficiency and DuPont™ Tedlar® polyvinyl fluoride film-based backsheets for solar module protection.

Vertellus picks castor distributor

Vertellus Specialties has picked the Horn Company as its authorized distributor of castor oil, castor oil polyols and derivatives in the 11 western states of California, Washington, Oregon, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, Idaho, Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico as well as four southwestern states of Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Arizona.

Solvay opens India R&D center

Solvay has opened its new research, development and technology (RD&T) center in Gujarat State, India, which will focus mainly on the development of high-performance polymers, organic chemistry, nano composites and green chemistry. The Centre has also established three fellowships for research in sustainable chemistry, nano technology and polymer science at the Maharaja Sayajirao University in Vadodara.

HallStar’s bio-based polymer patent

The HallStar Company was awarded US Patent number 8,158,731 titled “Biopolymer Compositions Having Improved Flexibility” from the US Patent and Trademark Office. The patent applies to bio-based polymeric additives such as its HALLGREEN R-8010 bio-based polymeric succinate that improves the flexibility and pliability of biopolymers including polylactic acid (PLA), starch-based polymers, polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA), and polyhydoxybutyrate (PHB).

BioSolar selects Stevens Urethane

BioSolar has entered into a manufacturing agreement with Massachusetts-based Stevens Urethane, a subsidiary of JPS Industries, for the upcoming full-scale production of the company’s BioBacksheet for North American customers. BioSolar has developed a technology to produce bio-based materials for solar cell components that reportedly will reduce the cost per watt of solar cells.

And in ICIS News (requires subscription):

Growing flame retardants controversy spurs call for rules reform

Germany’s Wacker opposes EU duties on China solar modules

Taiwan’s CMMFC aims to produce bio-based EO/MEG from June

Los Angeles moves forward with ban on plastic bags

EU green policies could damage Europe’s refining industry – EUROPIA

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