International Sugar Journal

AVA Biochem and Sulzer Chemtech partner to commercialize biobased 5-HMF production technology [Full subscriber]

Sulzer Chemtech and AVA Biochem have entered into an exclusive license agreement to commercialize AVA Biochem’s COBRIS™ (Conversion of Biomass to Renewable Industrial Substances) technology.

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Yokohama Rubber develops novel technology to produce biobased butadiene [Full subscriber]

Japan’s Yokohama Rubber Co. (YRC), in collaboration with Zeon Corp. and the national R&D agency RIKEN, claims to have developed the world’s first technology to enable the efficient production of butadiene from biomass – namely plant sugars.

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Mitsubishi licenses its bio-based polyester technology to Kuraray [Full subscriber]

Mitsubishi Chemical Corp. (MCC) recently signed a licensing agreement with the Japanese manufacturer of chemicals and fibres Kuraray Co for the related patent including MCC-owned basic patent on a biomass-based polyester.

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Braskem unveils polyethylene wax made from cane-based ethanol [Full subscriber]

Petrochemical company Braskem recently launched the world’s first polyethylene (PE) wax made from ethanol produced from sugarcane.

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Singapore – Arkema’s new €450 million biobased polyamide 11 plant expected to commence operations in H1 2022 [Full subscriber]

Speciality chemicals company Arkema has confirmed that it is on track to begin production of Amino 11 and its flagship Rilsan polyamide 11 (and its monomer, aminoundecanoic acid derived from castor oil), high-performance polymer at its new plant on Jurong Island, Singapore, in the first half of 2022. This plant, for which production will be 100% derived from castor beans, represents a 50% increase in Arkema’s global polyamide 11 capacity.

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Clariant and India Glycols partner for production and marketing of biobased ethylene oxide derivatives [Full subscriber]

Clariant and India Glycols Limited (IGL) recently announced the successful creation of their 51-49% joint venture (JV) for biobased ethylene oxide (EO) derivatives having received all necessary regulatory approvals.

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New start-up Trillium to accelerate commercial-scale production of biobased acrylonitrile and glycols [Full subscriber]

The Belgian investment firm Capricorn Partners and non-profit Southern Research have jointly created a new Alabama-based (USA) start-up company Trillium Renewable Chemicals. Southern Research has exclusively licensed its patented chemical manufacturing platform to Trillium to accelerate the commercial development of this new technology.

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Trinseo partners with ETB to develop biobased 1,3-butadiene production technology [Full subscriber]

US plastics and rubber producer Trinseo has entered into a technological partnership with Russia’s ETB Catalytic Technologies to develop biobased 1,3-butadiene, a key feedstock for making tires.

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Ginkgo Bioworks and Sumitomo Chemical partner to produce biobased chemicals [Full subscriber]

US synthetic biology start-up Ginkgo Bioworks has signed an R&D collaboration agreement with Japan’s Sumitomo Chemical, one of the world’s largest producers of agrochemicals to improve the production of unidentified biobased chemicals.

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DMC Biotechnologies and Conagen partner to manufacture L-alanine [Full subscriber]

US-based start-ups DMC Biotechnologies and Conagen have entered into a manufacturing agreement for the commercial production of DMC’s first product, L-alanine.

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