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Digest Bioeconomy Index regains 0.18 percent to 56.05 as advanced bio gains

Digest Bioeconomy Index regains 0.18 percent to 56.05 as advanced bio gains

September 27, 2016 |

The Digest Bioeconomy Index, an index of publicly traded advanced bioeconomy stocks, regained 0.18 percent to 56.05 as advanced bio gained. For the day, Novozymes (NZMB) lost 2.57 percent to $42.84, while Global Bioenergies (ALGBE.PA) was up 3.75 percent to $26.82. Among other equities, Aemetis (AMTX) shed 3.82 percent to $1.26. Overall, declines and advances […]

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Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Tesoro, Toyota

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Tesoro, Toyota

September 27, 2016 |

This season, The Digest is hosting the Strategic Intent webinar series, looking at the plans, progress and future milestones of strategic stakeholders in the Advanced Bioeconomy. In this slide deck, we looked at Tesoro and Toyota and their direct investments, partnerships and alliances with companies both heralded and unknown.

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Chevron’s forgotten biofuels wonder-tech gets a second life at Iowa State

Chevron’s forgotten biofuels wonder-tech gets a second life at Iowa State

September 27, 2016 |

You may recall that The Bloomberg investigative team of Ben Elgin & Peter Waldman in 2013 published an expose on Chevron claiming that the company had developed — then buried — a Catchlight Energy project that could profitably make renewable gasoline at $2.18 per gallon? Originally the venture was intended to build 17 plants by […]

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Value-Add(itive): The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to the Lanxess-Chemtura merger

Value-Add(itive): The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to the Lanxess-Chemtura merger

September 26, 2016 |

In Germany, we reported today that Lanxess will acquire the US-based speciality chemical maker Chemtura, one of the major global providers of high-quality flame retardant and lubricant additives, for $2.69B, a 18.9% premium to the stock’s current share price. What does it mean for Lanxess and for Chemtura? The companies offered this illuminative presentation deck on […]

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 Why High Uptime for Your Laboratory Instruments is Critical to Your Bioethanol Plant’s Profitability 

 Why High Uptime for Your Laboratory Instruments is Critical to Your Bioethanol Plant’s Profitability 

September 26, 2016 |

By Mark Janeczko, Energy and Chemicals Marketing Manager, Shimadzu Scientific Instruments, Inc.  Special to The Digest The Future of Renewable Fuels  Whatever your thoughts regarding the future of the world’s energy supply, it is clear biofuel production and its clean implications are here to stay. On the federal level, The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program was […]

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Lanxess to acquire Chemtura for $2.69B

Lanxess to acquire Chemtura for $2.69B

September 26, 2016 |

In Germany, Lanxess will acquire the US-based speciality chemical maker Chemtura, one of the major global providers of high-quality flame retardant and lubricant additives, for $2.69B, a 18.9% premium to the stock’s current share price. The transaction will be financed by LANXESS mainly through senior and hybrid bonds, as well as from existing liquidity. The […]

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Digest Bioeconomy Index slips 0.18 percent to 55.95 despite an advanced bio reboun

Digest Bioeconomy Index slips 0.18 percent to 55.95 despite an advanced bio reboun

September 26, 2016 |

The Digest Bioeconomy Index, an index of publicly traded advanced bioeconomy stocks, slipped 0.18 percent to 55.95 despite an advanced bio rebound.  For the day, Renewable Energy Group (REGI) slid 3.63 percent to $7.97, while Biox (BX.T) rose 3.57 percent to $0.58. Among other equities, Aemetis (AMTX) gained 3.37 percent to $1.31. Overall, declines led […]

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Tick-tick-tick…This Plastic Will Self-Destruct

Tick-tick-tick…This Plastic Will Self-Destruct

September 25, 2016 |

They called it Mission Impossible. Create a means to biodegrade any plastic out there that needs to decompose in the environment after use. Find little microbes that can break the material into something that ordinary microbes found widely in the environment can use. After all, soil microbes would love to eat plastic if they could. […]

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New Bio Plastics and Resins

New Bio Plastics and Resins

September 25, 2016 |

By Lorenz Bauer, PhD., Lee Consulting Enterprises Special to The Digest Sales of biopolymers and resins are predicted to grow to over $5 billion by 2021.   Biomass derived materials have been used neat and as components in composites and blends for the last decade. Products made with high contents of cellulose, starch, proteins, chitosan are common. […]

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Global 2016/17 vegetable oil production to hit record level: USDA

Global 2016/17 vegetable oil production to hit record level: USDA

September 25, 2016 |

In Washington, the USDA estimates that in 2016/17 global production of vegetable oils will amount to just less than 187 million tonnes, the highest quantity ever, according to the German treade association UFOP. Palm oil, soybean oil, rapeseed oil and sunflower oil account for around 87 per cent of production. The remainder consists of coconut oil, olive oil […]

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