Stora Enso and Cordenka are partnering to develop precursors for biobased carbon fibre that could be used in transportation, construction and power generation.
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.
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.
Commodity chemical company Dow and stretch film manufacturer Doxa Plast have partnered to commercially produce a family of biobased high-performance stretch films.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.