International Sugar Journal

Praj and Lygos partner to exploit Lygos’s proprietary lactic acid technology [Full subscriber]

Praj Industries and the biotech start-up Lygos have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to co-develop Lygos’s proprietary yeast for the production of lactic acid.

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Denmark – DTU Biosustain gets €100 million to develop biobased products [Full subscriber]

Denmark’s largest foundation, The Novo Nordisk Foundation, has awarded a grant of €100 million to DTU Biosustain research centre, paving the way for the development of new sustainable consumer products and strengthening Danish biotechnology research.

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Covestro launches partially biobased polycarbonate film [Full subscriber]

The latest addition to the polymer-producer Covestro’s sustainable products portfolio is a polycarbonate film of which, the company says, has more than 50% of its carbon content sourced from plant-based starch.

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iCell – Single cell protein producer profitizes sugar refinery wastewater [Full subscriber]

The Hong Kong-based company iCell which uses a patented process to convert nutrient-rich wastewater into an alternative to fishmeal, is looking to raise US$50 million to extend into joint ventures and water treatment facilities outside of Asia-Pacific.

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Lignin partially replaces fossil phenol in the production of resins for foams and moulding applications [Full subscriber]

Researchers at Hexion, a global leader for phenolic speciality resins, have succeeded in partially replacing fossil phenol with biobased lignin in resins in the EU-funded Bio4Products initiative. Two promising applications have been identified – insulating foams and moulding compounds.

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Stora Enso and Cordenka partner to advance the production of biobased carbon fibre [Registered]

Stora Enso and Cordenka are partnering to develop precursors for biobased carbon fibre that could be used in transportation, construction and power generation.

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NOVA Chemicals and Enerkem partner to recycle plastics into ethylene [Registered]

Two Canadian companies, NOVA Chemicals Corporation, producer of chemicals and plastic resins, and Enerkem, waste to renewable fuels and chemicals producer, are partnering to explore turning non-recyclable and non-compostable municipal waste into ethylene, a basic building block of plastics.

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Cargill secures exclusive licence for Proctor & Gamble’s technology to produce biobased acrylic acid [Full subscriber]

The multinational consumer goods company Proctor & Gamble (P&G) has granted the agribusiness Cargill an exclusive license that allows Cargill to further develop and commercialize the proprietary technology developed by P&G that converts lactic acid into biobased acrylic acid.

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Dow and Doxa Plast partner to launch high-performance biobased stretch films [Full subscriber]

Commodity chemical company Dow and stretch film manufacturer Doxa Plast have partnered to commercially produce a family of biobased high-performance stretch films.

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Sulzer Chemtech extends its presence in the biochemicals sector [Full subscriber]

Sulzer Chemtech recently announced the creation of a new global bio-based and renewables application development team. This comes at a time when substitute petrochemicals sector has come under pressure from the drop in crude oil prices making competitiveness that bit harder.

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