June 6, 2012

Weekly News Roundup

The renewable chemical industry seems to be pretty quiet these days aside from a great news yesterday regarding the bio-PET collaboration between consumer brand companies Coca-Cola, Nike, P&G, Ford and Heinz.
Just FYI to readers, the blog will be out of service from June 15 to July 4. Translation: The blogger will be traveling partly for work and partly for vacation. Yeah!
Here are this week's news roundup:
Braskem, Tecnaro bioplastic partnership
Braskem and Tecnaro GmbH will collaborate to produce a new line of application for Braskem's sugarcane-based polyethylene (PE) plastic. Tecnaro will produce Green PE-based biopolymer compounds under the trademark ARBOBLEND, which can be processed by injection molding, extrusion or thermoforming depending on the formula. Tecnaro was selected by Braskem to expand the penetration of the biopolymer in the European market
PTT completes NatureWorks buy
PTT Global Chemical has completed its investment transaction on May 31 and fully acquired a 50% stake in NatureWorks for $150m (Baht 4,572m). PTT Global Chemical announced the acquisition last year in October. The companies plan to build a polylactic acid facility in Thailand.
DuPont solar deal in China
DuPont China will collaborate with China Sunergy Co. Ltd. in photovoltaic technologies and materials over a three-year period. China Sunergy has agreed to increase its purchase of photovoltaic materials from DuPont, including DuPont™ Solamet® photovoltaic metallizations used in solar cells to achieve higher cell efficiency and DuPont™ Tedlar® polyvinyl fluoride film-based backsheets for solar module protection.
Vertellus picks castor distributor
Vertellus Specialties has picked the Horn Company as its authorized distributor of castor oil, castor oil polyols and derivatives in the 11 western states of California, Washington, Oregon, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, Idaho, Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico as well as four southwestern states of Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Arizona.
Solvay opens India R&D center
Solvay has opened its new research, development and technology (RD&T) center in Gujarat State, India, which will focus mainly on the development of high-performance polymers, organic chemistry, nano composites and green chemistry. The Centre has also established three fellowships for research in sustainable chemistry, nano technology and polymer science at the Maharaja Sayajirao University in Vadodara.
HallStar's bio-based polymer patent
The HallStar Company was awarded US Patent number 8,158,731 titled "Biopolymer Compositions Having Improved Flexibility" from the US Patent and Trademark Office. The patent applies to bio-based polymeric additives such as its HALLGREEN R-8010 bio-based polymeric succinate that improves the flexibility and pliability of biopolymers including polylactic acid (PLA), starch-based polymers, polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA), and polyhydoxybutyrate (PHB).
BioSolar selects Stevens Urethane
BioSolar has entered into a manufacturing agreement with Massachusetts-based Stevens Urethane, a subsidiary of JPS Industries, for the upcoming full-scale production of the company's BioBacksheet for North American customers. BioSolar has developed a technology to produce bio-based materials for solar cell components that reportedly will reduce the cost per watt of solar cells.
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