MetGen Oy, based in Kaarina – Finland, has invented a revolutionary chemo-enzymatic pathway that enables streamlined processes towards platform chemicals like 2,5-Furandicarboxylic acid (FDCA) also known as dehydromucic acid. Continue reading Metgen invents novel chemo-enymatic route to FDCA.
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The plenary’s vote on amendments of the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive encourages Member States to support the use of bio-based materials for the production of packaging and to improve market conditions for such materials and products.
Rennovia, CA (USA) has successfully commissioned and is operating its pilot plant operations for its sugars to 1,6-hexanediol process. 1,6-HDO is a platform intermediate to several commodity chemicals with over $20 billion global market value, including hexamethylenediamine (HMD), adipic acid (AA), and caprolactam. Continue reading Rennovia enters pilot stage of its bio-based 1.6- hexanediol (HDO) platform, accelerating the race to bio-nylon
DENSO Corporation (Japan) has been conducting research and development on plant-derived plastic materials, which are based on plant molecular structures, in order to reduce impacts on the environment. It has recently disclosed that it is using bio-polycarbonate (PC) made from starch and urethane resin extracted from castor oil in some of its products. Continue reading Toyota adopts Denso’s bioplastics for its navigation system
In the Netherlands, Avantium completed its highly-anticipated initial public offering, raising $109.5M (€103M) via the sale of 9,401,793 shares at $11.70 (€11) per share, giving the company a market capitalization of $294M (€277M). Trading will begin on March 15th 2017 on Euronext Amsterdam and Euronext Brussels under the symbol AVTX. Continue reading Avantium completes IPO and heads for first commercial plant to produce FDCA
Danimer Scientific, GA USA and PepsiCo, Inc. NY USA have announced an agreement that includes development of Danimer Scientifics’ biodegradable film resins to meet the sustainable flexible packaging requirements of PepsiCo’s global food and beverage business. Continue reading PepsiCo and Danimer partner on bio-degradable film resins
Total Corbion PLA announced on March 2, 2017 the official launch of its operations to produce and market Poly Lactic Acid (PLA) polymers. Continue reading Total Corbion PLA formally starts up operations
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed technology known as “CatLignin” to produce reactive lignin from pulp industry side streams to be used as a replacement for toxic phenol compounds in wood adhesives that are widely used in wood products and furniture. Continue reading VTT develops CatLignin, a reactive lignin for wood adhesives