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Panasonic, Nike in bio-resins

I thought at first that bio-propanediol (PDO) is now being used on television parts (is it?). But according to this press release from DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products, Panasonic Corporation Eco Solutions Company (part of Panasonic Group) is instead using resins made from DuPont Tate & Lyle’s Susterra bio-PDO for its line of kitchen and […]

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SDK starts bio-PBS sampling

The blog just noted in its last post about increasing activities from Japanese chemical companies, and in a happy coincidence, Showa Denko K.K. (SDK) just announced today that it has succeeded in producing its polybutylene succinate (PBS) resin under the trademark Bionolle using bio- based succinic acid. PBS, a compostable polyester, is traditionally made from […]

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More Japanese firms in green chems

So the green blogger received a call yesterday from a Japanese chemical firm inquiring about bio-based paraxylene (PX). The caller said their Chinese clients have become more interested in renewable-based polyethylene terephthalate (PET).   Of course, this is a very interesting news for me and I’m hoping to get first dibs on further developments from […]

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Danimer’s bio-adhesive for bio-PET

The use of bio-based polyethylene terephthalate (PET) containers is getting another boost with this announcement from DaniMer Scientific. FYI, DaniMer’s sister company Meredian, by the way, is a producer of polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) polymers. DaniMer said that it has partnered with DuPont Tate & Lyle for the use of its bio-based propanediol (PDO) Susterrra, and Myriant for […]

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Brand companies form bio-PET collaboration

The bioplastic industry will be glad to hear that well-known branded companies such as Coca-Cola, Ford Motor, Heinz, Nike and Procter & Gamble, have teamed up to accelerate the development and use of 100% plant-based polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic materials and fibers in their products.     The companies formed this group called “Plant PET […]

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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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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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Siemens develop ABS plastic alternative

Researchers at technology company Siemens have developed an alternative material to polystyrene-based acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) plastic made from renewable-based polymers and carbon dioxide.   The new material — a result of a three-year project funded by the German Research Ministry and in collaboration with BASF, Munich Techical University and the University of Hamburg scientists — is […]

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Metabolix update

As mentioned in the previous post, Metabolix management seems to be handling the company well after the Telles joint venture break-up with Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) early this year. Before its first quarter 2012 earnings was announced on April 26 , the company has been putting out several press releases below: Metabolix Awarded Two U.S. […]

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Castor oil to the auto rescue?

The global automotive industry is abuzz with the tightened supply of polyamide 12 (also called nylon 12) which are used in cable ties, wire insulation, flexible hosing, nozzles, damping cogwheels, flexible cover caps, sheet gaskets, sealing rings, and in other fuel line applications/auto-related parts. PA-12 is also used in plastic parts to make solar panels […]

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