April 9, 2012

Weekly News Roundup

Yes, it's been a week since I last blog and I definitely needed the time off as school is killing me. Fortunately, this week is a spring break so hopefully I'll be more productive. We'll start with our (semi-monthly) news round-up...

EcoSynthetix commissions new plant
Canada-based EcoSynthetix has commissioned a new 80m lb/year production line within its existing US manufacturing facility in Tennessee bringing its annualized capacity to 235m pounds. The company produces biomaterials such as starch-derived latex binders and monomers for adhesives and resins. EcoSynthetix said their EcoSphere biolatex polymer can be a drop-in replacement for styrene butadiene and styrene acrylic latex with their current equipment and processes.

Solazyme, Bunge forms Brazil JV
Solazyme and Bunge have formed a joint venture to build, own and operate a commercial-scale renewable tailored oils production facility adjacent to Bunge’s Moema sugarcane mill in Brazil. The JV, which will operate under the name Solazyme Bunge Produtos Renov├íveis Ltda., will have an expected annual production capacity of 100,000 metric tons of oil. The facility will utilize Solazyme’s renewable tailored oil production technology, coupled with Bunge’s sugarcane supply and processing capabilities, to produce sustainable tailored triglyceride oils for use in oleochemical and fuel applications in the Brazilian domestic market.

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