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NNFCC News Review: Biobased Products Issue 84, March 2019

Category: biobased,biorefining
Published: 07/03/2019
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the biobased products sector.


Repeated studies have shown that consumers show a preference for biobased products when they are available, particularly if the environmental benefits of using them are clear. In many cases, (money aside) the limiting factor that prevents biobased market penetration is a lack of public awareness to the existence of these products (although this is, naturally, becoming less of a problem over time). As such, it can only be beneficial to the biobased products markets when they become part of a high-profile event. Last year, we reported that the official World Cup footballs contained biobased synthetic rubber, and once again it is a sporting event that has set the stage for biobased products to shine… only this time, the biobased product is the stage! The 2020 Summer Olympics, due to be held in Tokyo, are being organised with the goal of being the first ever carbon-neutral modern Olympics. Among the measures introduced to aid with this, the field hockey events are due to be........

Other News this Month Includes:


  • EU agreement to restrict single-use plastics


  • JRC predicts growth in biobased chemicals in EU
  • AFYREN secures funding for biobased acid building blocks
  • Investment for Kansas bioplastics company​

Research & Development

  • Using biobased polymers for agricultural pest nets
  • Review of synthesis of biobased polymers
  • Process to synthesise aromatic amines from lignin
  • Biobased FDCA method optimised​


  • Olympic hockey pitches to be biobased
  • Biobased asphalt additive
  • SABIC launch circular polymers from pyrolysis oil
  • Bio-on to build Mexico's first 100% biobased plastic plant
  • Review of biobased packaging and barrier polymers​


  • Nouryon releases biobased de-foamer
  • Steel mill gases used to produce ammonia for first time
  • Anellotech successfully produces biobased paraxylene
  • "Bio-steam" for salt production
  • Biobased chemicals from palm trunks
  • First isobutene production from wheat straw
  • Circa's Cyrene commercial demonstration plant comes online
  • Biobased MEG demonstration plant started up​

Consumer Products

  • Biobased membrane for waterproof jacket
  • Sun creams with biobased biodegradable microplastics
  • Pretium releases biobased sports bottle
  • DuPont and NIPI partner for improved biobased insulation
  • Compostable multilayer biobased films
  • Arla to utilise UPM's bioplastic in packaging​



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