Avantium last Thursday inaugurated its plant-based MEG (mono-ethylene glycol) demonstration factory in Chemie Park Delfzijl, the Netherlands, bringing industry yet another solution to reduce the reliance on fossil resources. The opening ceremonies was hosted by Nienke Homan, regional minister of the province of Groningen, the Netherlands and Avantium CEO Tom van Aken. Avantium additionally announced the naming of this innovative technology to produce plant-based MEG: Ray Technology – A Bright Step to The Future.
Ineos Olefins & Polymers Europe announced a range of Bio-Attributed Olefins and Polyolefins, based on renewable bio-based raw materials that do not compete with food production. Products will be supplied from the Ineos Koeln site, Germany, later this year. The company stated that bio-attribution measures the extent to which fossil fuel-derived feedstocks have been substituted by renewable or bio-feedstocks.
“INA as a social and environmental responsible middle European company has recognized value of bioeconomy in fighting climate change, and through its development activities is constantly seeking for advanced technologies, which can be used to align with global trends, as well as to enable creation of new opportunities for the company”. To say it – in this exclusive interview with Il Bioeconomista – is Mladen Istuk, director of the biorefinery project development department at INA, the Croatian oil company.
In this exclusive interview with us, he talks about what INA is doing in the circular bioeconomy and its involvement in the BBI JU Demo Project GRACE. And also about the Croatian bioeconmy
Interview by Mario Bonaccorso
Clariant unveiled new high-performance additives promoting reduction in the consumption of fossil resources, to support the creation of value chain cycles which utilize viable and sustainable renewable sources and combat climate change.
SABIC, a global leader in the chemical industry, launched a polycarbonate (PC) based on certified renewable feedstock – a first in the industry, providing SABIC and its direct and ultimate customers with a solution that has the potential to reduce both CO2 emissions and the use of fossil feedstock during production.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.