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NNFCC News Review: Biobased Products Issue 121, April 2022

Category: biobased
Published: 07/04/2022
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the biobased products sector.

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According to IMARC Group, the global solvents market size was approximately £34 billion in 2021 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 4.5% from 2022 to 2027. Despite the impact of COVID-19 on the paints and coatings industry, solvent demand is expected to regularise in coming years to meet pre-pandemic forecasts. Significant growth opportunities for biobased solvents are presented when aiming to meet this boost in demand, to overcome the toxicity, emissions, and strict governmental regulation related issues with chemical-based solvents.

Recent research published in the Green Chemistry journal shows Cyrene to be a promising solvent for lignin fractionation, processing, and chemistry. Cyrene is a multi-purpose biobased solvent, often derived from lignocellulosic biomass like sawdust. This overcomes the issue of utilising DMF and DMAc solvents in the electronics sector (as a wire coating), in the chemicals sector (in polyurethane production, carbon fibre production, and chemical synthesis) and in the pharmaceuticals sector...

Other News this Month Includes:   


  • Chemistry industry calls for consistency and policy coordination to unleash bioeconomy potential
  • Guidance - Packaging in and out of scope of UK Plastic Packaging Tax


  • Brenntag forms distribution agreement with biobased solvents experts NXTLEVVEL Biochem
  • Pyran partners with NAGASE Specialty Materials for renewable 1,5-pentanediol diacrylate (PDDA)
  • More...

Research & Development

  • France chosen as a pilot market for the roll-out of the PepsiCo group's first plant-based packaging
  • DPS Skis teams up with Checkerspot to develop custom biomanufactured materials for their Pagoda Series
  • More...


  • SABIC’s biobased LNP™ ELCRIN™ copolymer resin helps achieve consumer electronics carbon targets
  • Arkema to increase its global Pebax® elastomers production capacity by 25%
  • More...


  • Asahi Kasei to produce acrylonitrile using biomass derived raw material
  • JM award-winning ethyl acetate technology to help CropEnergies AG reduce carbon footprint of products
  • More...

Consumer Products

  • Acatel launches collection of carbon positive and traceable fabrics made with bio-based finishing processes
  • Clariant launches 100% bio-based surfactants range driving the transition towards renewable carbon
  • More...


  • Anaerobic fermentative production of furandimethanol and enzymatic production of FDCA
  • USPTO publishes two key Kraig Biocraft Laboratories patent applications
  • A biodegradable heat-absorbing hydrogel composition


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