International Sugar Journal

Goodyear has secured military funding to make tyres from dandelion rubber [Full subscriber]

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. has entered a “multi-year, multi-million-dollar” programme to commercialise the production of natural rubber from dandelions (Taraxacum kok-saghyz (TK)).

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Asahi Kasei partners with Genomatica to commercialize production of biobased nylon [Full subscriber]

Japanese chemical company Asahi Kasei is partnering with the biotech start-up Genomatica to commercialize the production of biobased Leona polyamide 6,6 (also called nylon 6,6). To this end, Asahi Kasei will be sourcing Genomatica’s biobased hexamethylenediamine (HMD) process conversion technology.

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Braskem and Sojitz partner to produce and market biobased MEG and MPG [Full subscriber]

The market leader and pioneer in biopolymer production, Brazil-based Braskem and the Japanese trading firm Sojitz are partnering to produce and market biobased MEG (mono ethylene glycol) and MPG (mono propylene glycol). This will include constructing three industrial units in a bid to start production in 2025.

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Cellulose-based composite is tough as bone and hard as aluminium [Full subscriber]

A new cellulose-based composite developed by engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is reportedly stronger and tougher than some types of bone and harder than typical aluminium alloys.

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Clostridium autoethanogenum engineered to produce high yields of acetone and isopropanol from waste CO2 [Registered]

Researchers from the biotech start-up LanzaTech, Northwestern University and the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have engineered a microbe to convert industrial waste gases carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide into acetone and isopropanol (IPA).

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Ashland switches production of biobased thickener HEC from China to US [Registered]

Ashland recently announced plans to increase the production capacity of Natrosol™ hydroxyethylcellulose (HEC) at its site in Hopewell, Virginia, instead of its Nanjing, China, as previously announced.

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Global Bioenergies develops biobased isobutene production process [Full subscriber]

The biotech start-up Global Bioenergies claims to have developed a process for the production of biobased isobutene, one of the main building blocks of chemistry, whose derivatives are used in cosmetics, fine chemicals, commodities, and fuels.

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Phytolon and Ginkgo Bioworks to produce biobased vibrant food colours [Full subscriber]

Gingko Bioworks is partnering with natural food colourant maker Phytolon to help the company scale its precision fermentation-created pigments. In addition, the partnership will maximize the production efficiency of Phytolon’s colour-producing yeast strains. 

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Biomason raises US$65 million to expand production of ‘green’ cement [Full subscriber]

The biotech start-up Biomason recently secured US$65 million from venture capitalists led by 2150, Celesta Capital, Hartree Partners, and others, including current shareholders Novo Holdings and Martin Marietta Materials (MLM).

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Engineered marine bacterium Vibrio natriegens produced high yields of succinic acid [Full subscriber]

Succinic acid is one of the top twelve platform chemicals used in pharmaceutical and cosmetic products as well as in the production of biodegradable plastics. It is currently derived mainly from petroleum-based processes. Researchers, led by Professor Bastian Blombach at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), have succeeded in producing good yields of succinic acid via the fermentation platform using the marine bacterium Vibrio natriegens.

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