Teijin's polyester recycling in China
Teijin Ltd. has established Zhejiang Jiaren New Materials Co. Ltd., a joint venture with Jinggong Holding Group in Shaoxing, Zhejiang Province, China. Through the JV, Teijin will chemically recycle polyester as well as manufacture and sell the resulting fibers via its ECO CIRCLE technology, Teijin's closed-loop recycling system for polyester. The JV will invest Yen 6bn ($76m) in the construction of facilities for dimethyl terephthalate (DMT) production, polymerization and spinning with is expected to start by the end of March 2014. The DMT facility will have initial capacity of 20,000 tonnes/year and is expected to expand up to 70,000 tonnes/year. Annual production capacity of recycled polyester will initially be at 19,000 tonnes/year.
Verdezyne bags adipic acid patent
Verdezyne has been grated patent 8,241,879 titled "Biological methods for preparing adipic acid" by the US Patent Office. The patent covers proprietary processes for selectively converting non-petroleum oils into adipic acid.Verdezyne has designed its proprietary adipic acid process specifically for the production of nylon 6,6
DuPont Tate & Lyle expands in Colombia
DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products has appointed Fehrmann S.A. as distributor for Zemea® in Colombia. Fehrmann is a family-owned company serving the cosmetics, pharmaceutical and household markets since 1956. Zemea® is a 100% biobased ingredient made from corn sugar through fermentation and developed for use in the cosmetics and personal care market.
Evonik's new bio-polyamides
Evonik Industries has launched rayon fiber-reinforced bio-based polyamides which has an overall bio-content ranging between 67% and 100%. Evonik's VESTAMID Terra polyamides are fully or partially obtained from castor oil and commercially available chopped rayon fibers form the reinforcing fiber substrate. According to Evonik, rayon fibers are obtained entirely from wood residues.