September 9, 2011

Weekly News Roundup

It was a busy week, given the Labor Day holiday, school, Gevo's investor day meeting and preparing for my upcoming Japanese renewable chemicals article and cellulosic ethanol article for ICIS Chemical Business.

Plus, my bio-butanediol article will come out on Monday on ICB. Stay tune for that! Meanwhile, here are this week's news roundup which seems to center on clean technologies - probably the after effects of my Solyndra post....

Eastman expands phthalate-free plasticizers
Estman Chemical will expand its phthalate-free Benzoflex plasticizer line at the Kohtla-Jarve, Estonia site by an additional 11,000 tonnes.year, which is expected to be completed by the end of second quarter 2012. This is the facility's second expansion. Eastman also acquired plasticizer manufacturer Scandiflex do Brasil S.A. Industrias Quimicas. Scandiflex brings several complimentary non-phthalate products to Eastman's plasticizer portfolio.

BioSolar enters Asian PV supply
BioSolar entered into a sales rep agreement with ShinHa, a Korean firm representing large Asian photovoltaic panel manufacturers targeting the North American solar market. BioSolar said the US is not likely to be a major manufacturer of PV panels but North America is expected to be the fastest growing PV consumer market with annual growth rate of 31% in installations during 2011-2016.

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