Market study on “Bio-based Polymers in the World”

June 28, 2013

Bio-based polymers – Production capacity will triple from 3.5 million tonnes in 2011 to nearly 12 million tonnes in 2020. (see flyer)

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NatureWorks Aligns with Cromex to Establish Ingeo Distribution Channel in Brazilian Market

June 16, 2013

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NatureWorks, one of the world’s leading suppliers of biopolymers with Ingeo™ fibers and plastics made from plants, not oil, has named Cromex S.A. as its Ingeo distributor in Brazil. Cromex will bring Ingeo to its broad customer base of thermoformers, film extruders and injection molders. Read the rest of this entry »


Braskem Introduces Line of Green LDPE for Plastic Packaging and Films

June 16, 2013

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Braskem, one of the leading thermoplastic resin producers in the Americas and among the world’s largest biopolymer producers, announces the expansion of its portfolio of renewable products with the launch of its new line of green low-density polyethylene (LDPE), with this new product family complementing it’s already well known Green Plastics. Annual production of the new resin will amount to approximately 30 kton and the product will be made available in the market starting in January 2014.
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Brenntag to Help Accelerate Commercial Progress of BioAmber’s Bio-SA™ and Derivatives in the Americas

June 16, 2013

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BioAmber has partnered with Brenntag in the Americas for distribution of its Bio-SA™ bio-based succinic acid and derivatives, including bio-based 1,4-butanediol (BDO).
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Scientists to Formulate Methods to Produce Specialty and Fine Chemicals from Chitin-rich Biowaste

June 16, 2013

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It was only a matter of time before scientists found a way to recycle the 750,000 tons of crustacean shells which are disposed of in the EU every year.

Asia has successfully managed to extract polymer chitosan (used to make filters, foils and wound dressings) produced from shrimp shells. But in Europe crustaceans contain more lime, so processing is more complex and not economical. Also, the high content of calcium carbonate (known as CaCO3) of EU crab shell waste has prevented cost effective conversions to chitosan so far.

However, a solution has come from the ChiBio Project, which is developing an integrated biorefinery for processing chitin-rich biowaste, to specialty and fine chemicals. ChiBio is led by the Straubing Project Group BioCat of the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB, with a consortium of 11 European partners and has been awarded EU funding of nearly EUR 3 million.

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UMass Researchers Devise Chemical Method to Make Biomass-derived p-Xylene for Plastics

June 16, 2013

Chemical engineering researchers Wei Fan, Paul Dauenhauer and colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Amherst reported that they’ve discovered a new chemical process to make p-xylene, an important ingredient of common plastics, at 90 percent yield from lignocellulosic biomass, the highest yield achieved to date. Details are in the current issue of Green Chemistry.

Journal site: http://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlelanding/2013/gc/c3gc40740c
Ultra-selective cycloaddition of dimethylfuran for renewable p-xylene with H-BEA Chun-Chih Chang,a Sara K. Green,a C. Luke Williams,a Paul J. Dauenhauer and Wei Fan
Green Chem., 2013, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C3GC40740C
More at: Catalysis Center for Energy Innovation: www.efrc.udel.edu
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Researchers at Symposium on BFF: Discussed Use of Biomass & Biobased Economy

June 16, 2013

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Renewable resources are not infinitely available and the production of green raw materials also has a large impact on the environment. Hence, it is important to use renewable resources efficiently. “Biorefinery plays a key role for that process,” said Herman Wijffels at the opening of the three-day international symposium Biorefinery for Food, Fuel and Materials (BFF) in April 2013. The aim of biorefinery is to use all ingredients of biomass for the best possible application: in food, chemicals, materials, energy or fuel.

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