International Sugar Journal

Thailand – NatureWorks to build 2nd biobased PLA plant costing US$600 million [Full subscriber]

NatureWorks, manufacturer of low-carbon polylactic acid (PLA) biopolymers, recently announced that its parent companies, GC International Corporation Company Limited, a subsidiary of PTT Global Chemical Public Company Limited (GC) and Cargill Incorporated (Cargill), have authorized an investment in excess of US$600 million to build a new fully-integrated Ingeo PLA manufacturing complex in Thailand.  

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Bolt Threads leverages Gingko Bioworks protein manufacturing platform to disrupt the cosmetics sector [Full subscriber]

Two leading biotech companies Bolt Threads and Ginkgo Bioworks have formed a partnership to disrupt the beauty and personal care sectors.

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Monolignol acyltransferase identified as the key enzyme for producing the industrial chemical p-hydroxybenzoic acid in plants [Full subscriber]

Researchers from the US Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory have identified an enzyme that could turn poplar trees into a source for industrial chemical building block p-hydroxybenzoic acid which is currently derived from fossil fuels, in plant biomass.

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India – AkzoNobel launches USDA certified biobased paint that claims to purify indoor air [Full subscriber]

AkzoNobel India recently launched its most exclusive, high-performance interior emulsion offering that claims to be environmentally friendly, based on natural ingredients that purify indoor air.

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Stora Enso embarks on the production of biobased carbon for batteries [Full subscriber]

Pulp and paper producer Stora Enso announced on July 21 that its pilot facility for producing lignin-based carbon materials Lignode® has started operations and is ramping up production.

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Metabolic engineering of yeast with Crispr Cas 12a paves way for improved production of biobased products [Full subscriber]

Researchers from DSM’s Rosalind Franklin Biotechnology Center in Delft, the Netherlands, and the University of Bristol have shown how to unlock CRISPR’s potential for regulating many genes simultaneously, thereby opening the door to more efficient and sustainable production of biobased products.

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Quality coating for wood made from colloidal lignin particles [Full subscriber]

Researchers at Aalto University have used lignin, a natural polymer, to create a safe, low-cost and high-performing coating for use in construction.

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Engineered bacteria produce super-strong spider silk [Full subscriber]

Researchers at Washington University, US, have engineered bacteria that can make fibres that are stronger and tougher than some natural spider silks.

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Covestro commissions mini-plant to produce carbon monoxide-based polycarbonates [Full subscriber]

Covestro is exploring the possibility of exploiting carbon monoxide (CO) from steel industry metallurgical gases for the production of high-quality polycarbonates by commissioned a mini-plant for this purpose at its Dormagen site in Germany. This is where it is tested whether the quality of the CO from metallurgical gases is sufficient for further processing.

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Unilever partners with Arzeda to improve/develop enzymes for cleaning and laundry applications [Full subscriber]

Consumer goods giant Unilever and Arzeda, the industry-leading Protein Design Company™, have entered a strategic partnership to apply the latest advances in digital biology to discovering and designing new enzymes for household cleaning applications.

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