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NNFCC News Review: Biobased Products Issue 137, August 2023

Category: biobased
Published: 02/08/2023
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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Wood is used to make a wide range of products, for example, furniture, construction materials, textiles and papers/boards. These products present an opportunity to develop the circular economy, presenting a vector for carbon sequestration and a reduced use of fossil resources. Concerns around deforestation and other environmental damage makes it challenging to increase wood use without risking harm. Lately, efforts have often focused on using residues from forest management to increase the availability of feedstock whilst also improving the health and resilience of these forests, and reducing the risk of wildfires. Several companies have been working to develop products and pathways which can make greater use of the compounds present in wood residues.  

Holiferm and Fibenol have been working together to develop and produce biosurfactants using lignocellulosic sugars from...

Other News this Month Includes:    


  • Bio-plastics Europe safety protocol
  • HMRC consults on mass balance approach to plastic packaging tax
  • More...


  • Holiferm and Fibenol partner to develop biosurfactants from wood 
  • Croda acquires Solus Biotech
  • More...

Research & Development

  • Syntheses of common painkillers from bio-derived β-pinene
  • Leipzig University researchers develop process for bio-based nylon
  • More...


  • Avantium and SCGC partner to produce polymers from CO2
  • Braskem expands biopolymer output by 30% 
  • More...


  • Syclus partner Axens to provide Atol® technology for renewable ethylene plant
  • Origin Materials announces first commercial CMF plant

Consumer Products

  • Avient announces bio-based TPE for healthcare solutions
  • Microsoft Surface keyboards to contain renewable material 
  • More... 


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