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.
Braskem recently announced the production of biobased solvent that will add to the company’s already robust portfolio of speciality chemicals and has applications in segments such as inks, thinners and adhesives.
The biotech start-up Anellotech says it has validated its Bio-TCat technology by achieving commercially-targeted yields of aromatic chemicals, such as benzene, toluene and xylenes (BTX), in its TCat-8 pilot unit in Silsbee, Texas during six months of continuous process operations.
The Maine Technology Institute has awarded US$750,000 to Biofine Developments Northeast to support the development of a commercial biorefinery in Bucksport, Maine, that will produce biobased chemicals from lignocellulosic feedstock.
The biosuccinic acid market has gone through a marked change over the past five years, from being the young, rising star of the biobased chemical building blocks industry into one having to confront competitively produced succinic acid from a petrochemical feedstock.
The US-based start-up Elevance Renewable Science has signed a supply agreement with Stahl, a global leader in leather chemicals and high-performance coatings. The agreement enables Stahl to commercialize new coatings and polyurethane dispersions (PUDs) based on Elevance’s C18 polyol technology.
Scientists previously succeeded in producing furan-2.5 dicarboxylic acid (FDCA) from 5-(hydroxymethyl)furfural (HMF) but couldn’t adopt this process for industrial application because of the high amount of by-products and the small yield of FDCA that remains.
The US-based biotech start-up Anellotech recently announced significant progress in its Bio-TCat technology development program and has begun planning for scale-up design and engineering of a commercial plant with its process development and design partner IFPEN and commercialization, engineering, and licensing partner Axens.
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).
Covestro, the leading polymer company, has developed Baycusan eco E 1000, a film-forming polyurethane (PU) dispersion for hairstyling products with a carbon content based on 58% biomass, which achieves the high-performance level of synthetic acrylate polymers. Baycusan eco E 1000 is suitable in formulations where a long-lasting hold and a good humidity resistance are critical.