Russia – Bio-on licenses its technology to TAIF for the production of biobased PHAs [Full subscriber]
The Italian biotech start-up Bio-on recently signed an agreement with the Russian group Taif Jsc, which will purchase a license to build the first plant of the Russian Federation for the production in the Republic of Tatarstan of 100% biodegradable bioplastic PHAs (polyhydroxyalkanoate).
Bio-on to build PHAs Biopolymers plant in Italy [Registered]
The biotech start-up Bio-on recently announced the start of the construction of a new plant in Italy that will produce special PHAs (polyhydroxyalkanoates) biopolymers, 100% natural and biodegradable, for advanced and fast-growing niche markets, particularly the cosmetics sector.
Cristal Union licenses Bio-on’s technology to produce bioplastics from beet syrups and molasses [Registered]
Requiring a 70 million Euro investment, the facility will be located at a Cristal Union site. The new factory will create 50 new jobs specialised in fermentation to produce this bioplastic. PHAs, or polyhydroxyalkanoates, are bioplastics that can replace a number of traditional polymers currently made with petrochemical processes using hydrocarbons. The PHAs developed by Bio-on guarantee the same thermo-mechanical properties with the advantage of being completely naturally biodegradable.
Commercial scale biobased levulinic acid production in sight [Registered]
Demand is likely to increase for levulinic acid Lux Research says “given the opportunities it provides as a building block chemical. Developing supply agreements will be important for any company within this space, as success will be dependent on off-takers applications of levulinic acid.