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Stora Enso and Cordenka partner to advance the production of biobased carbon fibre [Registered]

Stora Enso and Cordenka are partnering to develop precursors for biobased carbon fibre that could be used in transportation, construction and power generation.

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NOVA Chemicals and Enerkem partner to recycle plastics into ethylene [Registered]

Two Canadian companies, NOVA Chemicals Corporation, producer of chemicals and plastic resins, and Enerkem, waste to renewable fuels and chemicals producer, are partnering to explore turning non-recyclable and non-compostable municipal waste into ethylene, a basic building block of plastics.

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Cargill secures exclusive licence for Proctor & Gamble’s technology to produce biobased acrylic acid [Full subscriber]

The multinational consumer goods company Proctor & Gamble (P&G) has granted the agribusiness Cargill an exclusive license that allows Cargill to further develop and commercialize the proprietary technology developed by P&G that converts lactic acid into biobased acrylic acid.

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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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