September 14, 2009

Weekly News Roundup

A very exhausting but productive weekend for the green blogger covering Lanxess' first World Rubber Day celebrating the centennial anniversary of synthetic rubber. There was talks about issues on rubber recycling and possible development of biobased synthetic rubber but for Lanxess, that is not yet in their portfolio, according to CEO Axel Heitmann.

Lanxess, however, noted that the use of synthetic rubber in materials use in renewable energy markets such as wind turbine, photovoltaic cells and fuel cell are increasing with growth seen between 5% and 10%/year. Reducing fuel consumption by improving rolling resistance of tires is also synthetic rubber's recent developments when it comes to contributing to sustainable mobility, the company said.

More about Lanxess in my incoming article for ICIS Chemical Business. For now here are this week's news roundup:

Activated carbon for Hg clean-up
MeadWestvaco Specialty Chemicals has formed a strategic alliance with Albemarle to supply the company activated carbon for its portfolio of total mercury removal solutions to the power industry. The alliance launches MeadWestvaco as a commercial supplier to this emerging market.

Hybrid resin patent

Cereplast has been granted patent protection for its Hybrid Resins® from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The resin's composition formulation is designed primarily for durable plastic application, which was initially developed by two researchers at the University of Arkansas.

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