International Sugar Journal

Finland – Spinnova and Fortum partner to expand production textile fibres from lignocellulosic feedstocks [Full subscriber]

The Finnish start-up Spinnova is partnering with the local clean-energy firm Fortum to advance the production of cellulose-based textile fibres.

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Singapore – Arkema to build new biobased polyamide plant [Full subscriber]

The speciality chemicals Arkema has selected the location of Jurong Island in Singapore to launch its new biobased polyamide plant.

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Biobased fire-retardant coating developed by VTT [Full subscriber]

Researchers at the VTT Technical Researcher Center of Finland have developed a highly fire-retardant coating from nanocellulose obtained from wood pulp.

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Australia – PFS paves way for a biorefinery in Queensland producing sugars from cane waste [Full subscriber]

The biotech start-up and Australia-based Leaf Resources announce on 20th May that completed the pre-feasibility study (PFS) on a second-generation commercial biorefinery in Queensland that will deploy the company’s proprietary process for conversion of lignocellulosic feedstocks to industrial sugars which enable multitude downstream technologies to produce substitute petrochemicals. A bio-manufacturing hub is intended to be developed in a sugarcane producing region of Queensland after the PFS assessment of various locations.

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Anellotech to build commercial-scale plant to produce biobased BTX [Full subscriber]

The biotech start-up Anellotech says it has validated its Bio-TCat technology by achieving commercially-targeted yields of aromatic chemicals, such as benzene, toluene and xylenes (BTX), in its TCat-8 pilot unit in Silsbee, Texas during six months of continuous process operations.

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Redesigning a bacterial enzyme aids production of rare sugar from table sugar [Registered]

Researchers from the Ghent University, Belgium have modified sucrose phosphorylase from Bifidobacterium adolescentis (BaSP) that can be used as a transglucosylase in the production of rare sugar nigerose from sucrose and glucose. This could provide a cheap and convenient route to make enough nigerose to explore potential applications in the food and pharmaceutical industries.

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Biofine secures US$750,000 from MTI to produce biobased levulinic acid [Registered]

The Maine Technology Institute has awarded US$750,000 to Biofine Developments Northeast to support the development of a commercial biorefinery in Bucksport, Maine, that will produce biobased chemicals from lignocellulosic feedstock.

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Biobased succinic producers priced out by cheaper, petrochemical-based producers [Registered]

The biosuccinic acid market has gone through a marked change over the past five years, from being the young, rising star of the biobased chemical building blocks industry into one having to confront competitively produced succinic acid from a petrochemical feedstock.

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Lygos secures 3 grants from US agencies to advance biochemicals production [Registered]

The US-based biotech start-up, Lygos, producer of specialty chemicals, recently announced three innovation research grants totalling US$750,000 of non-equity funding to support advanced research and development. These funds have been awarded through separate grants from the US Department of Energy, USDA and the National Science Foundation.

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Elevance Renewable Sciences and Stahl partner to bring biobased coatings to market [Registered]

The US-based start-up Elevance Renewable Science has signed a supply agreement with Stahl, a global leader in leather chemicals and high-performance coatings. The agreement enables Stahl to commercialize new coatings and polyurethane dispersions (PUDs) based on Elevance’s C18 polyol technology.

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