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Glycerin glimpse in REG’s IPO

Do you know why the blog is interested in this $100m initial public offering (IPO) by America’s largest biodiesel producer Renewable Energy Group (REG)? Because aside from biodiesel, REG is also a major producer of crude glycerin, the chemical by-product of biodiesel manufacturing (10:1 ratio meaning a 10 lb biodiesel will yield 1 pound crude […]

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Bio-methionine developments

France-based METabolic EXplorer (METEX) and Roquette announced last week that the companies are now initiating an industrial engineering study on the production of a 100% bio-based L-Methionine, which the companies have been developing for several years.   Methionine is an essential amino acid mainly used in animal feeds. According to METEX, the amino acid is […]

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Ethanol – Zeachem’s highest margin product

Why focus on ethanol? This has always been a question that lingers in my mind every time companies such Zeachem and even Gevo, LanzaTech and Amyris talk about their activity progress in the biofuel space. Well, I bluntly asked this question to Zeachem CEO and president Jim Imbler, and his answer is just what the […]

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Sasol sells German oleo plant to Cremer

Sasol’s Witten, Germany, plant Can you tell that I love getting information about the oleochemical (lipid-based chemicals) market? The global oleochemicals market is not that big but there sure are a lot of activities going on in this space!   After the sale of US-based Vantage Specialty Chemicals to another private equity firm The Jordan […]

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Vantage Specialty Chemicals sold

FYI for our oleochemical friends: Vantage Specialty Chemicals, the largest oleochemical producer in North America, is now owned by the Jordan Company (TJC), a private equity firm.   Vantage’s former owner, H.I.G. Capital sold the company for an undisclosed sum. ICIS actually broke this news in December 7 (subscription only) after several sources in the […]

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Venture investments still strong in 2012

It looks like another great start within the sector as indicated by this news about BASF investing $30m in Renmatix. As mentioned in previous posts, I had been working on an article for ICIS Chemical Business (subscription required…sorry) about 2011 overview and 2012 outlook in renewable chemicals investments, and this year, it looks like the presence […]

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BASF invests in Renmatix

Just like Coca-Cola’s announcement of partnering with Gevo, Virent and Avantium, the renewable chemicals world takes notice when chemical giants such as BASF, Dow Chemical and DuPont announced further investments in this field. BASF’s $30m investment in US cellulosic sugar developer Renmatix signals the German chemical firm’s intent to expand its feedstock source especially for […]

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LanzaTech bought Range Fuels

As I am writing my second post of the year, we got this breaking news from @GiantMiscanthus on twitter that LanzaTech has bought Range Fuels for $5.2m. LanzaTech’s CEO Jennifer Holmgren confirmed to the blog today that they have acquired Range Fuels via an auction. I’m sure we will hear more from LanzaTech on what […]

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Coskata looking at bio-propylene

The blog normally does not cover IPOs (initial public offerings) filed by biofuel companies given that there are so many biofuel companies out there. But the one thing that caught the green blog’s attention in their $100m IPO announcement is that the company defined itself as a technology leader in renewable fuels and bio-based chemicals. […]

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More Coca-Cola announcement tidbits

Here are some of  ”other” interesting information gathered from the Coca-Cola announcement last week about their plans for a 100% plant-based bottle packaging. For those who are not familiar with PET (polyethylene terephthalate) bottles, the resin is made from 30% MEG (monoethylene glycol) and 70% PTA  (purified terephthalic acid) by weight. Coca-Cola’s PlantBottle packaging is currently made with […]

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