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NNFCC News Review: Biobased Products Issue 65, August 2017

Category: biobased
Published: 03/08/2017
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the biobased products sector.


We begin, as we often do, on the continent, with some concerning news from Horizon2020-funded ProBIO project. An analysis conducted by this project has looked into the success rate of EU bioeconomy projects funded by the EU’s 7th Framework Programme. The analysis has uncovered that less than 5% of such projects have successfully produced something able to be immediately brought to market, even if they resulted in future commercially valuable developments. This result shows that whilst the EU’s projects have been successful at furthering knowledge in the bioeconomy, the commercial value of these endeavours has been limited, which the authors put down to lack of attention paid to market conditions during research, and failure to involve commercially-minded parties in projects. This has created a culture where technological breakthroughs are prioritised without considering......

Other News this Month Includes:


  • EU's FP7 bioeconomy projects have less than 5% success rate
  • Tax credits for bio-based chemicals tabled in US
  • EU Parliament moves to support biodegradable mulch films
  • Amyris announces next step of Queensland relationship​


  • Market Research Store analyses bio-based Butanol industry

Research & Development

  • New project Enzymicals pursues bio-based Polyacrylonitrile
  • Bacteria to produce lactic acid from lignin
  • Waste resource recovery in the future of bio-based processes
  • Avantium acquires pilot plant, begins scale-up of Zambezi process​


  • Novamont introduces 40% bio-based minimum for all its plastics
  • EUBP's recommendations for EU Plastics Strategy
  • Sateri's viscose capacity set to go up to 1 million tonnes
  • Arkema pursues 300m Rilsan plant
  • The Fibre Year review of 2016​


  • REACH certification for Green Biologics' n-butanol
  • Genomatica with strong results for 1,4-butanediol process
  • METEX to construct chemicals plant in France
  • Alliance Bio-Products receives approval to purchase ethanol plant​

Consumer Products

  • Dupont Tate & Lyle to showcase durable bio-based plastic equipment
  • Biosuccinium used in hiking shoes​


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