Novamont and Saes Group joined forces in the food biopackaging

Catia Bastioli, CEO Novamont, at the Grand Opening of Mater Biotech, 30 September 2016

Novamont and Saes Group joined forces to develop solutions to meet the growing demand for materials with lower environmental impact and very high functional performance.

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Nouryon inaugurated a demo plant in Sweden to sustainably produce ethylene amines

Nouryon has inaugurated a demonstration plant in Stenungsund, Sweden to showcase a revolutionary and more sustainable technology platform to produce ethylene amines and their derivatives. The technology, which is based on ethylene oxide (EO), allows for selective production of a wide range of end products, enabling Nouryon to expand its ethylene amine product offering.

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Clariant Masterbatches, ExxonMobil and Plastivaloire joined forces to reduce CO2 emissions of automobile interior

Collaboration between Clariant Masterbatches – a recognized global leader in color and additive concentrates and performance solutions for plastics, polymer producer ExxonMobil and Plastivaloire Group, a specialist in automobile interior design, has produced a huge new family of colors that can be expected to change the look of car interiors dramatically in the next few years. The colors are being introduced during a special technical presentation on the ExxonMobil stand at K 2019, the international plastics trade fair being held October 16-23 at Messe Dusseldorf in Germany.

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Avantium joined the Paper Bottle Project to develop new sustainable packaging material

Paper Bottle with PEF prototype (Source: Avantium)

The Paper Bottle Company (Paboco®) – a joint venture between paper packaging material developer BillerudKorsnäs and bottle manufacturing specialist ALPLA – last Friday announced at the Paboco Pioneer Community Event in the Carlsberg Academy in Copenhagen that Avantium joins the Paper Bottle Project. Avantium will be one of the technology providers for the fully plant-based and recyclable Paper Bottle. A thin layer of Avantium’s PEF (polyethylene furanoate) will provide the Paper Bottle with the high barrier properties (the ability to withstand gas permeability through the bottle) needed for beverages such as beer and carbonated soft drinks.

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DuPont signed an agreement to acquire membrane business from Evoqua Water Tech

DuPont signed an agreement to acquire the Memcor® business including ultrafiltration and membrane biofiltration technologies from Evoqua Water Technologies Corp. The transaction is expected to close by the end of 2019, subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals.

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The EIB boosts its support for cities and regions to tackle climate change and foster social inclusion

Delfzijl

The EIB boosts its support for cities and regions to tackle climate change and foster social inclusion. During the last 5 years (2014-2018), the EU bank dedicated EUR 104 billion to urban lending including health, housing, urban transport or water and wastewater management.

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We can do this: ethanol from recycled steel mill emissions is a reality in China thanks to LanzaTech

Jennifer Holmgren, CEO LanzaTech, at IFIB 2019 in Naples

Beijing Shougang LanzaTech New Energy Science & Technology Co., Ltd. a joint venture between Illinois-based carbon recycler, LanzaTech, Shougang Group, a leading Chinese iron and steel producer, and its New Zealand partner, TangMing, have successfully produced over 9M gallons of ethanol from recycled steel mill emissions in their first year of operation. Currently being sold to the road transport market as a low carbon fuel blend, ethanol from this facility will now be converted into PET to be used for production of CarbonSmartTM consumer goods (T-shirts, bottles, packaging).

“Ethanol is a clean, easily transported and easily convertible liquid that can displace fresh carbon resources,” said LanzaTech CEO, Jennifer Holmgren. “Imagine preventing carbon emissions and instead reusing the carbon to make household products, the clothes you wear, the packaging for your products, and other things you can buy at a store! We can clean our air and keep carbon in the ground in one carbon smart step. Single use carbon must rapidly become a thing of the past.” Continue reading

IFIB 2019: the best in the bioeconomy has yet to come!

Three days of meetings, debates and presentations in Naples for IFIB from 2nd to 4th October. With around 250 participants from 30 different countries, the International Forum on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioeconomy is confirmed as a leading event of the circular bioeconomy in Europe.

Naples was truly the world capital of the bioeconomy, hosting innovative companies such as LanzaTech, Fater, Novamont, Terravesta, Pirelli and Sulzer, research centers such as National Research Council of Italy, VTT of Finland, Wageningen University and Fiat Automotive Research Center. And then: TEAGASC (Ireland), Frost & Sullivan (UK), European Forest Institute, OECD, Bioeconomy Cluster of Slovakia, Cluster Food+i (Spain), Irish Bioeconomy Foundation and many other world bioeconomy stakeholders.

The bioeconomy revolution is really unstoppable and I strongly believe that the best has yet to come! I would like to thank once again all friends and colleagues who join IFIB in Naples. It was amazing!

See you next year in Rome (stay tuned!)

MB

The global bioeconomy community gathers in Naples at IFIB

Gulf of Naples

Naples is the world capital of the bioeconomy. The International Forum on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioeconomy (IFIB) is about to start today in the fascinating Italian city at the Congress Center of the University Federico II.

With more than 300 delegates in attendance from approximately 25 different countries from all around the world, the conference truly succeeds one more time in its ambitions aim to be one of the leading bioeconomy event at global level. Continue reading

Evonik Venture Capital invested in New Jersey-based start-up Modern Meadow

Evonik Venture Capital is investing in a start-up,  Modern Meadow, which sustainably produces biofabricated materials that closely resemble leather, eliminating the need for animal skins. Modern Meadow has developed a technology to produce animal-free collagen, a protein naturally found in animal hides. The process involves fermentation using yeast cells.

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