BANGKOK -- Thailand's plastics industry has an ambitious goal -- become one of the hubs for the emerging bioplastics industry -- as it aims to capture some of the sizable worldwide biopolymer investment expected in the next few years.The Southeast Asian country is not traditionally thought of as a
Unilever has begun a research project with England’s University of Liverpool to develop renewable chemicals from biomass for use in its home and personal care products. The effort is the latest attempt by a consumer products company to increase the renewable materials content of its products without adding costs for the buying public.
Evonik Corporation and Proveedora Mexicana de Monofilamentos (PMM) showcased the bio-based polyamide, VESTAMID® Terra, and its applicability for toothbrush bristles during a workshop at the 10th Annual World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology in...
Myriant Corp. and Johnson Matthey - Davy Technologies announced the successful production of bio-butanediol and tetrahydrofuran made from Myriant's bio-succinic acid. The qualification work was conducted at JM Davy's facility at Teesside, England.
Avantium, a renewable chemicals company, and ALPLA Werke Alwin Lehner GmbH, one of the world's leading plastic converters, have announced their Joint Development Agreement for the development of PEF bottles. After The Coca-Cola Co. and Danone, ALPLA is the third company to collaborate with Avantium on PEF, a bioplastic based on Avantium's proprietary YXY technology. The goal of these collaborations is to bring 100 percent biobased PEF bottles to the market by 2016.
Seventy percent of Americans say they shop for "green" products on a regular basis. That number is up 10 percent in the last three years, so companies who make sustainable products are taking note that they should address this growing audience. And as the evolution of green products is occurring, new certifications and labels are being introduced. One such certification is the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Certified Biobased Product label, an initiative of the BioPreferred Program. Launched in 2011, the program and label already have a 23 consumer recognition score, according to a recent study.
In the past, words like "affordable", "recyclable", "durable", "reliable" or "good processability" did not leap to mind when talking about bioplastics. But all that's changing - and changing fast. And as bioplastics continue to reinvent themselves, they are starting to make their mark on the plastics market and industry.
So, what are the major developments to keep an eye on in 2013?
Versalis (Eni) and Pirelli have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to kick off a joint research project for the use of guayule-based natural rubber in tire production.
The research project will run over a period of three years. On an exclusivity basis, Versalis will provide an innovative range of guayule-based natural rubber materials, while Pirelli will carry out trial tests to validate the performance of the materials for tire production.
BASF, Cargill and Novozymes have achieved a milestone in their joint development of technologies to produce acrylic acid from renewable raw materials by successfully demonstrating the production of 3-hydroxypropionic acid (3-HP) in pilot scale.
Chemical engineering researchers Wei Fan, Paul Dauenhauer, and colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Amherst report that they’ve discovered a new chemical process to make p-xylene, an important ingredient of common plastics, at 90% yield...
US detergent and cleaning products companies Procter & Gamble and Seventh Generation are challenging renewable chemical firms to provide cost-effective plant-based surfactant raw materials that are stable and sustainable in terms of supply sourci...
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