International Sugar Journal

Netherlands – Researchers at Wageningen make significant strides in producing biobased bitumen [Full subscriber]

Bitumen is commonly used as a basis for roofing products due to the material’s excellent functional properties – namely, waterproofing and adhesive. It is produced via the distillation of crude oil. However, scientists at the Wageningen Food & Biobased Research (WFBR) claims to have made significant strides toward producing biobased bitumen.

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Thailand – Mitr Phol partners with Marubeni to produce bioplastics from cane and cassava [Full subscriber]

Thai Sugar producer Mitr Phol is teaming with Japanese trading house Marubeni to produce bioplastics from sugarcane and cassava this year, reported Nikkei.

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Solvay partners with Trillium to develop biobased acrylonitrile for the carbon fibre market [Full subscriber]

Solvay and Trillium Renewable Chemicals are partnering to develop a supply chain for biobased acrylonitrile (bio-ACN).

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Evonik to build commercial-scale biobased rhamnolipids plant in Slovakia [Full subscriber]

The specialty chemicals producer Evonik is investing a three-digit million-euro sum in constructing a plant in Slovakia to produce biobased and fully biodegradable rhamnolipids.

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UK – A local council trials cane-based bollards for pavements [Full subscriber]

A UK local authority is trialling bollards made from sugarcane on its pavements as part of its sustainability pledge.

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Wacker and Biosyntia team up to produce biobased biotin on a large scale [Full subscriber]

German chemical company Wacker is partnering with Danish biotech Biosyntia to produce biotin on a large scale at a site in Europe using a fermentation process deploying plant-based raw materials.

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Producing egg white protein sustainably via fermentation platform [Full subscriber]

Researchers at the University of Helsinki, in collaboration with VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, have developed a fermentation platform to produce ovalbumin, a satisfactory alternative to chicken egg white powder, which could mitigate the environmental impacts of chicken-egg-derived ovalbumin.

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Ginkgo Bioworks sources Inscripta’s Onyx Digital Genome Engineering Platform to advance its genome editing throughput [Full subscriber]

Inscripta, the Digital Genome Engineering Company, recently announced that the biotech start-up Ginkgo Bioworks, the leading horizontal platform for cell programming, has adopted the Onyx™ Digital Genome Engineering platform in its foundries.

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Infinited Fibre Company partners with Afry to turn waste cellulose-based textile fibres to regenerated textile fibres via commercial-scale plant [Full subscriber]

Finland-based fashion and textile technology group Infinited Fibre Company (IFC) has selected AFRY as the main engineering partner for its new flagship factory for producing regenerated textile fibres for the world’s leading fashion and apparel brands.

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French government to invest €420 million biobased products sector [Full subscriber]

The French government announced on 10th December ’21 that it will invest €420 million in public funds towards the national strategy “Biobased products, industrial biotechnologies and sustainable fuels”.

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