International Sugar Journal

Stora Enso partners with Ikea and H&M group to produce cellulose-based textiles [Registered]

The Finnish pulp and paper specialist Stora Enso is joining in partnership with the furniture giant Ikea and fashion giant H&M to create sustainable textiles. Stora Enso will be joining the joint venture called “TreeToTextile” and set up a demonstration plant at one of its Nordic facilities to support the production of cellulose-based textiles.

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Researchers develop lignin-based composite for 3D printing process [Registered]

Scientists at the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have created a new composite material to be used for 3D printing that makes use of lignin and which could spur a profitable new use of lignin.

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Pine needles from Christmas trees turned into valuable products [Registered]

A chemical engineer at the University of Sheffield has found that useful products (e.g. paint and sweeteners) can be made from the chemicals extracted from pine needles of Christmas trees when processed.

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Colombia – Over million tonnes of cane-bagasse converted into paper [Full subscriber]

The paper and paper products company Carvajal Pulpa y Papel annually converts around 1,100,000 tonnes of cane bagasse into paper, according to local press reports. This represents less than 30% of the bagasse produced at the country’s mills.

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Unravelled, metabolic pathway for the production of valuable oleoresin in pine trees [Full subscriber]

Washington State University researchers have reverse engineered the way a pine tree produces a resin, a petrochemical substitute from which a variety of industrial and household products can be made.

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Tobacco plant engineered to produce antifungals [Registered]

Researchers from the Spanish Research Council (CSIC) at the Centre for Research in Agricultural Genomics (CRAG) and the Institute for Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology (IBMCP), in collaboration with the IATA, have developed a biotechnological tool to produce, in a very efficient manner, antifungal proteins in plants.

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Cathay invests further US$500 million to scale-up biobased chemicals production [Registered]

The government of the city of Wusu (Xinjiang, China) and Cathay Industrial Biotech signed on 6th December an agreement for the expansion of Cathay’s biobased chemicals production unit in Wusu.

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Sn-ceria catalyst effective in producing 4-heptanone from ABE mixture [Full subscriber]

Researchers from the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics (DICP) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Peking University have succeeded in the catalytic conversion of aqueous ABE (acetone, n-butanol, and ethanol) fermentation broth to phase-separable 4-HPO with ~86% selectivity and ~70% conversio

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Breakthrough in the production of biobased FDCA [Full subscriber]

Scientists previously succeeded in producing furan-2.5 dicarboxylic acid (FDCA)  from 5-(hydroxymethyl)furfural (HMF) but couldn’t adopt this process for industrial application because of the high amount of by-products and the small yield of FDCA that remains.

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Croda announces the launch of biobased surfactants [Full subscriber]

The specialty chemicals company Croda International recently announced the launch and certification of its ECO range of bio-based surfactants, ingredients designed to meet increasing market demand for sustainable, high-performance ingredient options.

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