July 18, 2011

Weekly News Roundup

My biobased rubber chemicals article for ICIS Chemical Business will soon be published on August 1 and it turned out better than I expected if I do say so myself.

As part of that article, I will soon post in the blog my Q&A with France-based renewable chemicals developer Global Bionergies, which is currently developing bio-isobutene. For now here are this week's news roundup:

Codexis scales up cellulase enzymes
Codexis has scaled up its cellulase enzymes production to 20,000 liter at Fermic S.A. de C.V., a contract fermentation and synthesis company in Mexico City, Mexico. This represents the first manufacture of an enzyme product using the Codexis CodeXporter(TM) enzyme expression system. The enzymes are used to convert non-food biomass to fermentable sugars, and ultimately to sustainable products including biofuels and bio-based performance ingredients in household goods such as laundry detergents and shampoos.

Clariant and Elevance enter deal
Elevance Renewable Sciences and the additives business unit of specialty chemical company Clariant are collaborating in the development and commercialization of renewable-based plastic additives. No other information was disclosed but the blog assumes some of the products involved has something to do with waxes (see quoted official from Clariant).

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