June 30, 2014

Matrìca inaugurates green chemistry complex

Tecnon OrbiChem's 10th Bio-Materials & Intermediates issue is now out and here are the highlights of the report:

  • Ethylene/PolyethylenePetro-based PE coatings are being replaced by bio-based and biodegradable resins
     
  • Glycols
    Jilin Zhongxin Chemical Group is building a 120 ktpa bio-based EO with bio-based MEG as byproduct
     
  • Polyethylene Terephthalate5-Chloromethylfurfural (5-CMF) is being developed as an alternative to 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (5-HMF)
     
  • PolyamidesThe US imported 800 tons of sebacic acid in April this year, up 25% compared to March
     
  • Butanols
    Gevo has shipped isobutanol-derived paraxylene to Toray
     
  • Epichlorohydrin
    Purchasing interest in bio-based ECH in China remains weak
     
  • Butanediols
    LanzaTech is on schedule to meet its goal to design commercial bio-butadiene units by 2015 via the
    2,3 BDO route
     
  • Succinic AcidReverdia is looking to build a new 50 ktpa bio-succinic acid facility to start by 2016
     
  • PolyolsINVISTA has manufactured its first commercial batch of TERRIN™ 170 polyol that contains recycled
    or renewable materials
     
  • Fatty AcidsArizona Chemical is increasing its tall oil fatty acid pricing by 5 c/lb
     
  • Fatty Alcohols
    The debate over Indian import duties on fatty alcohols continues to heat up
     
  • Glycerol
    US imports of Argentine glycerine for first quarter 2014 are at record-high
     
  • Polylactic acid (PLA)Calysta demonstrates laboratory-scale production of lactic acid from methane

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I am hoping to be able to blog this week before I hit the road for my first vacation of the year (woohoo!). This one is a big news from Matrica, the 50/50 Italian joint venture between bioplastic producer Novamont and chemical company Versalis (Eni).  The joint venture recently started-up its new green chemistry complex in Porto Torres, which will have three plants that will produce a total capacity of 70 ktpa bio-products using vegetable oils as feedstock.


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