Royal DSM acquired Twilmij to grow in the animal feed sector

Headquarter of Royal DSM in Heerlen (The Netherlands)

A new deal in the animal feed sector. Royal DSM, the Dutch global science-based company active in health, nutrition and materials, acquired Twilmij B.V., a well-established Dutch nutritional solutions company in the animal feed sector.

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An exclusive interview with Tony Duncan, CEO of Circa Group

“By taking the time to scale up efficiently and deliberately, our position in the bioeconomy is growing. Circa remains focused on creating non-toxic, high-performance chemicals from cellulose, using our FuracellTM technology. We are targeting a market of over 900,000 tonnes per annum, growing at 4%. While we do not want to compete in the inevitable price war currently unfolding, as companies vie to be ‘last man standing’ to extract some cash out of legacy plants producing these toxic products, we do see plenty of opportunity to sensibly scale into the market over the next 5-10 years”. To say this – in this long, exclusive interview with Il Bioeconomista – is Tony Duncan, CEO of Circa Group, an Australian innovative company which is converting biomass into advanced biochemical materials.

Interview by Mario Bonaccorso

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Clariant and Enviral sign a license agreement on sunliquid® cellulosic ethanol technology

Mercedes-Benz fleet at Clariant´s sunliquid® demonstration plant for production of cellulosic ethanol from agricultural residues.;

Swiss Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals, and Enviral, the largest producer of bioethanol in Slovakia, have signed a license agreement on sunliquid® cellulosic ethanol technology.

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Richard P. Eno is the new Chief Executive Officer of BioAmber

BioAmber has a new Chief Executive Officer. The Board of Directors of the renewable materials company based in Canada announced yesterday the appointment of Richard P. Eno as its new CEO and new member of the Board, effective September 18th, 2017. The selection of Eno caps a search process facilitated by Spencer Stuart, a global executive search firm which specializes in placing senior management personnel.

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nova-Institute: First generation bioethanol is climate-friendly as second generation bioethanol

Berlaymont, European Commission’s Headquarter in Brussels

A New study conducted by nova-Institute and ordered by CropEnergies, which will be presented and discussed for the first time in Brussels on 26 September 2017, conducts quantitative and qualitative sustainability assessment of biofuels against the background of the EU’s REDII negotiations. This comprehensive sustainability assessment carried out by the German company led by Michael Caurs “shows that first generation bioethanol is as advantageous as second generation bioethanol for a feasible climate strategy”. According the nova-Institute “the results clearly indicate that the systematic discrimination against first generation biofuels of the current Commission proposal is in no way founded on scientific evidence. It would be counterproductive to further lower the share of first generation fuels in the EU’s energy mix”.

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Bio-on and Kering Eyewear join forces to develop new biomaterials

Marco Astorri, Ceo Bio-on

Bio-on and Kering Eyewear join forces to develop new materials based on Minerv PHAs, the revolutionary bioplastic which is 100% natural and biodegradable. “This is the first time in the world that a company in the eyewear industry has decided to carry out research with our biopolymers,” explains Marco Astorri, Chairman and CEO of Bio-on.

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BASF and bse Engineering join forces to use excess of current and CO2 as a raw material

    Headquarter of Basf in Ludwigshafen

The chemical giant BASF and bse Engineering have signed an exclusive joint development agreement for BASF to provide custom made catalysts for a new chemical energy storage process. This process will enable economically viable transformation of excess current and off-gas carbon dioxide (CO2) into the chemical energy storage methanol in small-scale, delocalized production units.

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Elopak and Stora Enso launched Pure-Pak cartons made of natural brown paperboard

Stora Enso paper mill in Hyltebruk (Sweden)

Elopak, an international supplier of paper based packaging solutions for liquid food, based in Norway and wholly owned by the Ferd Group, and Stora Enso has launched the first gable top carton made from natural brown unbleached paperboard, creating the Naturally Pure-Pak® carton with a highly distinctive, natural look and feel.

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The buses at Helsinki Airport fuelled by diesel manufactured wholly from waste and residue

Starting in July, the airport buses at Helsinki Airport has been fuelled by diesel manufactured wholly from waste and residue. Finavia – a limited corporation owned fully by the Finnish state, which is responsible for maintaining and developing its 21 airports and Finland’s air navigation system – started a gradual conversion to using renewable diesel in all buses travelling between the terminal and aircraft at Helsinki Airport. It is also Finavia’s goal to encourage other companies operating at its airports to use renewable fuels.

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Aemetis produces cellulosic ethanol from orchard waste

    Ethanol Production Facility in Keyes, CA

Cupertino-based Aemetis is producing cellulosic ethanol from orchard waste, utilizing technologies from Aemetis, LanzaTech and InEnTec, after successfully completing the construction and commencement of an Integrated Demonstration Unit.

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