Category: International News

Metso is supplying a Lignoboost plant to Stora Enso’s new biorefinery

In Finland, Metso’s Pulp, Paper and Power business, the future Valmet, will supply a LignoBoost lignin separation plant to Stora Enso’s Sunila mill near Kotka. The order is one part of Stora Enso’s €32 million biorefinery project. The start-up is scheduled for the first quarter of 2015. The LignoBoost plant is to be integrated with […]

October 31, 2013 More

JOGMEC testing bioleaching for copper extraction in Chile

In Chile, JOGMEC (Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corp.) will be conducting a two year test to see if bacteria can be used to extract copper from ores with low content. The article in Mining.Com quotes JOGMEC’s chief researcher, Taro Kamiya as stating, “This technology makes it possible to extract copper at more than […]

October 31, 2013 More

Global Bioenergies achieves milestone in bio-isobutene program, triggering licensing negotiations

In France, Global Bioenergies announced that they have achieved a major milestone with a large US-based industrial group, with whom Global hand signed a license option agreement in December of 2010.  According to the terms of this agreement, a license option was granted to the industrialist for a maximum of three years. If, during these […]

October 31, 2013 More

ITRI introduces ButyFix, a carbon-negative butanol production technology using cellulose biomass

In Taiwan, the Industrial Technology Research Institute introduced ButyFix, the first biochemical technology for bio-butanol transportation-fuel production with a negative carbon footprint using nature’s most abundant biomass, cellulose, as feedstock versus corn. The total energy content in the lignin-rich biomass has the surplus to cover the energy for production and the entire life cycle of […]

October 29, 2013 More

DuPont Expands China Research & Development Center

In China, DuPont announced the opening of the second phase of its China Research and Development Center in Shanghai. With this expansion, the DuPont China R&D Center adds 17,500 square meters and will house an additional 150 researchers, focusing on new material applications in solar energy, bio-based materials and automotive materials and testing capabilities.

October 29, 2013 More

Global polylactic acid market predicted to hit US$2.6 billion by 2016

In Ireland, Research and Markets announced the addition of the “Polylactic Acid (PLA) – A Global Market Watch, 2011 – 2016″ to their offering. It predicts that the global polylactic acid market is expected to reach US$2.6 billion by 2016 at a CAGR of 28%, globally. Region-wise analysis shows that Asia-Pacific is forecasted to record […]

October 29, 2013 More

Braskem and Toyota Tsusho renew alliance

In Brazil, Braskem and Toyota Tsusho announced the renewal of the agreement for the distribution of I’m green Polyethylene in Asia. The agreement strengthens the alliance between the companies and reaffirms the interest in Asia for the product made from sugarcane ethanol, a renewable source. Toyota Tsusho serves a broad range of clients in Asia, […]

October 24, 2013 More

Yissum introduces a biological solution for purifying aquarium water

In Israel, the Yissum Research Development Company of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, introduced an environmentally-friendly, biological solution for purifying water in aquariums. The technology uses certain bacteria as novel bio-filters to reduce nitrate levels in both fresh-water and sea-water aquariums. The efficiency of the novel technology was demonstrated in commercial size aquariums of up […]

October 24, 2013 More

Chomarat and Roquette present OFLEX Bio-based, a new coating fabric

In France, Chomarat has rolled out a new line of biobased coated fabric called OFLEX Bio-based, which is made from Gaïalene produced by Roquette. Gaïalene is a sustainable thermoplastic plant-based resin. This resin made from starch is a specific flexible grade.  The OFLEX Bio-based line consists of a textile material or foam coated with these […]

October 24, 2013 More

Wifag-Polytype and Avantium announce agreement on 100% biobased PEF for thermoforming

In Germany, Wifag-Ploytype and Avantium announced their agreement to collaborate on thermoformed products from 100% biobased PEF. This collaboration will be complementary to collaborations Avantium has in place with The Coca-Cola Company, Danone and ALPLA. Both parties are excited about the market opportunity of PEF in the novel application area of thermoforming of cups, containers […]

October 22, 2013 More