Clariant unveiled new additives promoting reduction in the consumption of fossil resources

Hariolf Kottmann, Ceo of Clariant

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.

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SABIC launched a polycarbonate based on certified renewable feedstock

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.

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Italian-U.S. partnership in the bioeconomy: RE-CORD and NREL signed a MoU

Crescentino Plant View: 2G biofuels biorefinery

The Italian Renewable Energy Consortium for Research and Demonstration (RE-CORD) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory for coordination on thermochemical conversion of biomass for the production of biofuels and chemicals.

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Renmatix launched Celltice, the beauty industry’s first zero-chemical self-emulsifying active

Mike Hamilton, Ceo of Renmatix

King of Prussia-based Renmatix is introducing Celltice™, the beauty industry’s first zero-chemical self-emulsifying active. A brand-new ingredient consisting of botanical building blocks cellulose and lignin, Celltice delivers a variety of benefits in personal care and cosmetic applications, functioning both as an active and an excipient in formulations.

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Circa Group’s FC5 commercial demonstration plant is now online

Tony Duncan, CEO of Circa Group, at IFIB 2018 in Turin

Australian biotech company Circa Group’s FC5 commercial demonstration plant is now online, paving the way to a regular supply of Circa’s bio-based solvent Cyrene. A joint venture between Circa and Norwegian pulp and paper company Norske Skog, the FC5 plant is located in Tasmania, Australia. Now successfully commissioned and operated end-to-end, FC5 is starting to produce a steady stream of 99% pure Cyrene, a non-toxic solvent made from certified and renewable cellulose waste.

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A new partnership in the bioeconomy: Neste and Clariant signed an agreement

Neste’s headquarter in Espoo, Finland

Neste, the Espoo-based world’s leading provider of sustainable renewable diesel and an expert in delivering drop-in renewable chemical solutions, and Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals, signed an agreement for a new partnership to join forces in developing and making new sustainable material solutions accessible to a variety of industries.

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An exclusive interview with David Sudolsky, CEO Anellotech. “The future of the chemical industry is in the bioeconomy”

David Sudolsky

You know, the name of our company is Italian. Anello (ring in English) wants to mean the circularity, but also the bond as it is represented by the wedding ring.

It is very pleasant to talk with David Sudolsky, one of the entrepreneurs who is making the bioeconomy happen at global levelHe co-founded Anellotech in 2008, secured the initial angel funding for the company, recruited the management team and scientific advisory board, and is leading the expansion of the company.

The company based in New York develops a technology platform for producing petrochemicals and transportation fuels from renewable non-food biomass.

Interview by Mario Bonaccorso

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U.S. BIO: the global economic value of the biobased economy is $355.28 billion

Sonny Perdue, Secretary of Agriculture

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a new report on the bioeconomy, “Indicators of the U.S. Biobased Economy”, which measures substantial economic growth, job creation, and household income for the agricultural sector from biofuel and bioenergy production. Moreover, it indicates great potential for additional prosperity from future growth in renewable chemicals and biobased products. BIO, the U.S. Biotechnology Innovation Organization, calculates that the global economic value of the biobased economy – including industrial biotechnology, renewable chemicals and polymers, biofuels, enzymes and biobased materials – is $355.28 billion.

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Braskem and Haldor Topsoe join forces in the bioeconomy

There is a new Brazilian-Danish partnership in the world bioeconomy. Braskem, the Americas’ leading producer of thermoplastic resins, and Danish-based Haldor Topsoe, a world leader in catalysts and surface science, have signed a technological cooperation agreement to develop a pioneering route to produce monoethylene glycol (MEG) from sugar. The agreement calls for the construction of a demonstration plant in Denmark, with operation slated to begin in 2019.

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UPM moves forward with the development of biochemicals business in Germany

Biofore Concept Car. Full rights owned by UPM. Photographer: Sami Kulju

Finnish pulp and paper giant UPM moves forward with the development of biochemicals business by evaluating the potential of building a biorefinery in the Chemical Park Frankfurt-Höchst in Germany. The new-to-the-world biorefinery would combine novel technologies and utilize sustainable wood raw material in an innovative way. This opportunity is the outcome of more than five years of extensive technology development and piloting.

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