November 30, 2010

Weekly News Roundup

The green blogger is stuffed up to her eyeballs with antibiotics and wishing her newfound knowledge on microorganisms will help her in her own private bacteria (or is it virus?) battle.

For the meantime, here are this week's news roundup:

BASF in CO2-based sodium acrylate
Catalysis Research Laboratory (CaRLa) and hte AG, a company in which BASF has a majority interest have joined research scientists at Technischen Universitaet Muenchen (TUM) and the University of Stuttgart in Germany to develop use of carbon dioxide (CO2) on an industrial scale for the production of sodium acrylate based on CO2 and ethene. Sodium acrylate is a key basic ingredient for high-performance polymers like the superabsorbent polymers used in diapers.

Arkema expands bio-polyamide capacity
Arkema is expanding its polyamide capacity at its Changshu, Shanghai plant by threefold by 2013 in order to meet sharply growing demand from its Asian customers particularly in the automotive and energy markets. The capacity increase include products such as its Rilsan® biosourced polyamide 11. The plant will start producing in the first half of 2012, reaching full capacity by summer 2013.

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