International Sugar Journal

Dow and Doxa Plast partner to launch high-performance biobased stretch films [Full subscriber]

Commodity chemical company Dow and stretch film manufacturer Doxa Plast have partnered to commercially produce a family of biobased high-performance stretch films.

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Sulzer Chemtech extends its presence in the biochemicals sector [Full subscriber]

Sulzer Chemtech recently announced the creation of a new global bio-based and renewables application development team. This comes at a time when substitute petrochemicals sector has come under pressure from the drop in crude oil prices making competitiveness that bit harder.

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Evonik develops a microbial fermentation-based process to produce human collagen [Full subscriber]

The specialty chemicals company Evonik has developed a fermentation process for making synthetic collagen with properties similar to those of human collagen but devoid of animal- or human-derived materials. The recombinant technology will, for the first time, provide pharmaceutical, medical, cell culture and tissue engineering markets with a highly soluble, ultra-pure form of collagen that is safe, sustainable and commercially scalable, said the company.

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Avantium funded €0.5 million to produce lignin for use in asphalt production [Full subscriber]

The biotech start-up Avantium recently announced that the Netherlands Enterprise Agency has awarded the company €0.5 million for its participation in the CHAPLIN XL project.

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Lipases produced from mustard oil processing residues used as laundry detergents [Full subscriber]

Researchers from the UK and India have recycled the by-products of mustard oil production to develop an enzyme that can be used in commercial laundry detergents

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Zymergen launches biobased film for use in electronic products [Full subscriber]

The biotech start-up Zymergen recently launched Hyaline, which it claims is a revolutionary biobased film for electronics applications. These include flexible circuits, display touch sensors and printable electronics. Hyaline merges the benefits of advanced bio-fabrication with traditionally fabricated materials.

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MycoWorks, synthesising “leather” from mycelium secures US$17 million funding [Full subscriber]

The start-up MycoWorks, creator of Reishi™, the sustainable, fine mycelium “leather,” recently announced US$17 million in Series A financing raised during 2019 to deliver commercially viable non-plastic, non-animal materials to the market.

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Hitachi Zosen helps develop commercial-scale production trans-polyisoprene from Eucommia ulmoides seed peels [Full subscriber]

Researchers at the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JSTA) have been successful in producing a valuable polymer from Eucommia ulmoides, a deciduous tree. Polyisoprene is an important substance for the […]

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WACKER launches polymeric binders produced from biobased acetic acid [Full subscriber]

The Munich-based chemical group WACKER is expanding its new product line of polymeric binders produced from biobased acetic acid.

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Birla Carbon, GranBio introduce biobased additives that improve tyres rolling resistance and vehicles fuel economy [Full subscriber]

A new nanocellulose dispersion composite (NDC) rubber masterbatch technology from Birla Carbon and GranBio Technologies is said to offer the tire industry a breakthrough in materials development.

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