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NNFCC News Review: Biobased Products Issue 112, July 2021

Category: biobased
Published: 08/07/2021
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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Fibre production has doubled in the past 20 years, with around 111 million tonnes of fibre having been produced in 2019. In 2018, the global fibre market was estimated at $37.24 billion, with an expected 9% increase for the following year. The market for fibre spans a wide array of industries, including woven and non-woven goods, and with the increasing demand for natural and biobased products, the sustainable fibre market is on the rise.

The appeal for novel biobased fibres has led Novo Holdings to invest several millions in AMSilk, the world’s first industrial supplier of synthetic silk biopolymers. AMSilk’s products are synthesised from plant-based materials through bacterial fermentation, and are 100% recyclable and 100% biodegradable. The investment also includes several industry leaders spanning a range of sectors in which AMSilk’s technology has applications (i.e. textile, healthcare, consumer products). More, Stora Enso and Pulpex have agreed to collaborate on a project aiming to industrialise the production of wood fibre pulp-derived paper bottles...

Other News this Month Includes: 


  • European Commission publishes new Single Use Plastic guidelines


  • Sweco participates with “ENOUGH” to make sustainable protein
  • Investment planned for European natural fibre processing
  • More...

Research & Development

  • Near-complete depolymerization of polyesters with nano-dispersed enzymes
  • Biomega Group invests in new biorefinery in Denmark to support growth in Human Health & Nutrition
  • Carbon Intensity of Biobased Products


  • INEOS Styrolution delivers bio-attributed materials for nora by Interface rubber flooring
  • TerraVerdae Bioworks Inc. releases new bioplastic product line
  • More...


  • Trinseo and ETB to Collaborate on Development of Bio-Based 1,3 Butadiene
  • Introducing bio-based option for Oxo Chemicals: OQ Chemicals receives ISCC Plus Certification

Consumer Products

  • Devan launches range of bio-based fragrances for textiles
  • Partially bio-based raw materials from Covestro for notebooks from Moleskine®
  • Safilo produces first branded glasses made from Evonik's sustainable transparent polyamide


  • Method for preparation of lignin oligomers
  • Production of paraffinic products


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