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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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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Clariant and ORLEN Poludnie signed a license agreement on sunliquid technology

Courtesy of Clariant

Clariant, a focused and innovative specialty chemical company, and ORLEN Południe, a member of ORLEN Group, which is a leader in the fuels and energy markets and the largest player in Central and Eastern Europe, last Friday signed a license agreement on sunliquid cellulosic ethanol technology.

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Nouryon joined forces with water treatment company Van Remmen UV Technology

Nouryon joined forces with water treatment company Van Remmen UV Technology on a novel method to address the growing concern of pharmaceutical micropollutants in waste water. The process, which combines the Advanox™ ultraviolet (UV) treatment process from Van Remmen UV Technology and Nouryon’s MicrOx™ hydrogen peroxide, is expected to remove more than 90% of pharmaceutical residues.

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Versalis confirms the resumption of the former Mossi Ghisolfi’s biorefinery in Crescentino

The Biorefinery in Crescentino, Italy

Versalis, the chemical division of the Italian oil company Eni, confirms that it is in the process of implementing an action plan that will lead to a resumption of operations at the former biorefinery of Mossi Ghisolfi Group in Crescentino, which were acquired in November 2018. New 35 hires are expected by the end of the year.

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The Russian Bioeconomy takes a step forward with TAIF JSC Group and Bio-on

Marco Astorri, Ceo Bio-on

The TAIF JSC Group, a player in the traditional petrochemical sector, started the operational phase of the 10,000-tonnes per year PHA project to be implemented in the Republic of Tatarstan, Russia, based on the license agreement with Bio-on SpA , IP company active in the field of high quality bioplastics.

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