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NNFCC News Review: Biobased Products Issue 62, May 2017

Category: biobased,biorefining
Published: 02/05/2017
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the biobased products sector.

Foreword

The bioeconomy moves so fast, what with rapid technological advances, ever-shifting policy and growing awareness among the general public for the benefits of the bioeconomy. In that respect, you could say keeping abreast of the world’s biobased goings-on is never tiresome, but certainly this month it is tyre-some! Terrible puns aside, there have been two separate news stories this month concerning tyres. Tyres are a massive market and widely important product, what with the ever-growing......

Other News this Month Includes:

Policy

  • EU Votes to tighten waste collection policy

Markets

  • Amyris strikes China-based deal with Blue California
  • New Venture Capital fund for Synthetic Biology Projects
  • Bioplastic Market diffusion analysis
  • Technavio predicts big growth in Biobased Platform Chemicals market​

Research & Development

  • MetGen commercialises enzymatic glucose conversion process
  • Towards flame-retardant biobased plastics?
  • Improving batteries and superconductors with seaweed
  • Safety test for cellulose nanomaterials developed​

Polymers

  • BASF announces partially biobased copolyamide
  • FKuR up to 65% biobased in their injection moulding grades
  • API to develop Nanocellulose reinforced plastics
  • Bio-On commissions dedicated PHA plant
  • New collaboration to produce PHA plastic from glycerol​

Chemicals

  • Modular Genetics' surfactants awarded BioPreferred and Palm Oil-Free status
  • Cray Valley releases adhesive resin derived from Amyris' Biofene
  • Enerkem's biorefinery reaches all operational targets
  • Jungbunzlauer to produce acetyl-tributyl-citrate from Green Biologics' butanol
  • Rennovia begins 1,6-hexanediol production​

Consumer Products

  • Dunlop's new top tyre contains biobased rubber additive
  • Volcano coffee pods 100% biobased and compostable
  • Tyres from Dandelion Rubber
  • Covestro, BASF, and Audi develop biobased clearcoat for cars
  • BioPreferred certified plant nutrients from Anuvia​
  • Sunscreen containing bio-based propanediol
  • DuPont Tate & Lyle release labelling scheme for bio-based products
  • CORDURA teams up with Dupont Tate & Lyle for bio-based clothing

Patents

  • Bio-Based Acrylate and Methacrylate Resins

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