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NNFCC News Review: Biobased Products Issue 92, November 2019

Category: biobased,biorefining
Published: 07/11/2019
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the biobased products sector.


Bio-based products, in contrast to fossil-based products, are at a disadvantage when it comes to their market uptake. One of the difficulties is that for many producers, making the switch is just not economically viable. Sustainable supply chains need to be built up, but small volumes and comparatively expensive feedstocks can make transitioning uncompetitive and the business risk can be too high. Establishing new dedicated biorefineries remains challenging due to the substantial capital investment required. Therefore, it seems practical to make use of existing oil refineries to process renewable raw material instead. However, oil refineries operate at scales far beyond the possible supply of renewable raw material and so a system whereby renewable raw materials can be integrated into refineries alongside fossil materials is required. The mass balance approach is one such system. The concept of mass balance in this context is........

Other News this Month Includes:


  • USDA solicits applications for funds
  • BBIA response to parliamentary reports on recycling and plastic packaging


  • €3.1 million for IBN-One plant project
  • Sirmax buys bioplastics manufacturer
  • Compostable packaging company secures finance​

Research & Development

  • Mitsui Chemicals Group's Bio-Polypropylene
  • Polyhydroxyurethane synthesis from cyclic carbonates
  • Evonik and Siemens launch joint research​


  • New biobased resin
  • Biodegradable bottle composite
  • Kaneka biodegradable polymer passed EU inspection
  • Bio-based mesh packaging
  • Borealis and Neste begin co-operation
  • Biodegradable polymer for bags
  • Polycarbonate from renewable material for Sabic
  • 100% biobased PVC​


  • Bio-based adhesives and sealants review
  • Industrial scale butadiene from bioethanol​

Consumer Products

  • RecycleBox - A new post-back service for Vegware
  • Faux fur innovation
  • Biodegradable bank cards
  • Paper-based cosmetic tube​



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