International Sugar Journal

Thailand – ABT expands the capacity of its biobased epichlorohydrin plant [Full subscriber]

The biotech start-up Advanced Biochemical (Thailand, (ABT)) recently announced that is boosting the amount of biobased epichlorohydrin (ECH) it produces at its facility in Map Ta Phut, Thailand, to 120,000 tonnes/year – an increase of 20,000 tonnes.

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EU funds waste-to-sugars-to-biobased products project [Full subscriber]

An 11-strong European consortium has secured funding for a project to demonstrate the commercial feasibility of generating waste sugars derived from household waste and producing a range of high-performance biobased materials and products.

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E. coli engineered to fully exploit cellulosic sugars to produce muconic acid [Full subscriber]

researchers at Kobe University, Japan have developed .a new strategy called Parallel Metabolic Pathway Engineering (PMPE), allowing them to fully exploit both sugars for target chemical production and microbe propagation. They used this approach to alter E. coli bacteria in order to successfully boost the production of the nylon precursor muconic acid.

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Researchers create superglue out of cellulose and water [Full subscriber]

Researchers from the universities of Aalto, Tokyo, Sichuan and British Columbia have developed a biobased superglue.

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High-performance polyamide produced from residues of pulp and paper industry [Registered]

Researchers from the Fraunhofer Society and the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have developed a new polyamide family which can be produced from a byproduct of cellulose production.

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Deinove and Sharon Laboratories partner to develop a new range of biobased ingredients for the personal care sector [Full subscriber]

The biotech start-up Deinove has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Sharon Laboratories to develop and market a range of biobased ingredients for the personal care sector.

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Towell Engineering and GF Biochemicals partner to produce and exploit levulinic acid [Full subscriber]

Towell Engineering Group and GF Biochemicals recently announced the formation of a joint venture (JV) for the production and marketing of biochemicals using GF Biochemicals proprietary technology.

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AVA Biochem partners with Michelin Group in the production of biobased 5-HMF [Registered]

AVA Biochem has entered into a Joint Development Agreement with the Michelin Group in the production of biobased 5-HMF and its conversion into various materials and chemical applications.

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Outotec and Neste introduce biobased alternative for base metals extraction [Registered]

Process tech developer Outotec and oil company Neste are collaborating to introduce a biobased diluent for the extraction of metals in hydrometallurgical processes

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AT-Tuote launches industrial lubricant with 100% biocontent [Registered]

Finnish AT-Tuote a division of chemical giant Neste, has launched the world’s first industrial lubricant with nearly 100% bio-based content. Some 95% of the content of AT Renewable Penetrating Lubricant comes from renewable sources, in particular, Neste MY Renewable Isoalkane™ which is derived entirely from waste and residue oils and fats. Designed to enable dry lubrication and easy release, AT’s product combines renewable solvent and bio-based oil with a ceramic component.

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