International Sugar Journal

AT-Tuote launches industrial lubricant with 100% biocontent [Registered]

Finnish AT-Tuote a division of chemical giant Neste, has launched the world’s first industrial lubricant with nearly 100% bio-based content. Some 95% of the content of AT Renewable Penetrating Lubricant comes from renewable sources, in particular, Neste MY Renewable Isoalkane™ which is derived entirely from waste and residue oils and fats. Designed to enable dry lubrication and easy release, AT’s product combines renewable solvent and bio-based oil with a ceramic component.

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Itaconix secures a US Patent for detergents with its biobased polymers [Full subscriber]

The US Patent and Trademark Office formally issued on 14th January a new patent to the biotech start-up Itaconix for the composition of detergents containing its novel bio-based polymers.

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ADM and P2 Science partner to develop ingredients for personal care and flavours & fragrances [Full subscriber]

The agribusiness giant ADM and the renewable chemistry company P2 Science recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that intends to build on both companies’ expertise in the field of chemistry and renewable materials derived from plants. Specifically, the companies will work together in the development of commercial opportunities for plant-based monomers, polymers and ingredients for personal care and flavours & fragrances.

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New technique to produce chemicals via microbes copies natures tricks [Full subscriber]

Researchers at the Imperial College London have copied the way organisms produce toxic chemicals without harming themselves, paving the way for greener chemical and fuel production.

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Amyris ships cannabinoid produced from engineered yeast to Lavvan [Full subscriber]

The biotech start-up Amyris recently reported that it has successfully shipped the first batch of the synthetically produced cannabinoid to its partner Lavvan. Amyris is also well on its way to the shipment of a second cannabinoid in the first half of 2020.

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India – Bacardi launches biobased recyclable glasses [Full subscriber]

The family-owned spirits company Bacardi recently launched biobased, reusable and recyclable glasses made out of rice husks in India and will be used at the brand’s experiential properties and events.

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Netherlands – Pectins from beet pulp found effective for use in leather production [Full subscriber]

The Dutch specialty chemicals manufacturer Smit & Zoon found that pectins from sugar beet pulp are excellent tanning agents in the production of leather.

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BP and Arzeda enter into second phase of biochemical collaboration [Registered]

The oil major BP and Arzeda, the Protein Design Company™, recently announced that they have entered a second extended collaboration agreement for developing a bioprocess for the production of an undisclosed renewable chemical of high strategic and industrial interest to BP.

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Brazil – Amyris to build US$75 million factory producing zero-calorie sweeteners [Registered]

The biotech start-up Amyris plans to build a factory in Barra Bonita, Sao Paulo state. Costing US$75 million, the factory will produce zero-calorie sweeteners from sugar cane.

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Carnegie’s cane-based Xorel is first textile to achieve Living Product Challenge Certification [Registered]

Carnegie’s Biobased Xorel, a groundbreaking high-performance textile sourced from sugarcane, achieved Living Product Challenge Certification. Carnegie became the first textile company to achieve this advanced protocol.

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