International Sugar Journal

Global Bioenergies develops biobased isobutene production process [Full subscriber]

The biotech start-up Global Bioenergies claims to have developed a process for the production of biobased isobutene, one of the main building blocks of chemistry, whose derivatives are used in cosmetics, fine chemicals, commodities, and fuels.

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Phytolon and Ginkgo Bioworks to produce biobased vibrant food colours [Full subscriber]

Gingko Bioworks is partnering with natural food colourant maker Phytolon to help the company scale its precision fermentation-created pigments. In addition, the partnership will maximize the production efficiency of Phytolon’s colour-producing yeast strains. 

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Biomason raises US$65 million to expand production of ‘green’ cement [Full subscriber]

The biotech start-up Biomason recently secured US$65 million from venture capitalists led by 2150, Celesta Capital, Hartree Partners, and others, including current shareholders Novo Holdings and Martin Marietta Materials (MLM).

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Engineered marine bacterium Vibrio natriegens produced high yields of succinic acid [Full subscriber]

Succinic acid is one of the top twelve platform chemicals used in pharmaceutical and cosmetic products as well as in the production of biodegradable plastics. It is currently derived mainly from petroleum-based processes. Researchers, led by Professor Bastian Blombach at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), have succeeded in producing good yields of succinic acid via the fermentation platform using the marine bacterium Vibrio natriegens.

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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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