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NNFCC News Review: Biobased Products, Issue 55, October 2016

Category: biobased,biorefining
Published: 03/10/2016
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the biobased chemicals and materials sector.


For small companies working on innovative research hoping to take their ideas to the next level, the path to commercial success can oft be paved with many a challenge. SMEs and start-ups in the biobased and clean technologies sector unfortunately face the same challenges. The newly launched Biobase4SME has set out to change this however by helping companies turn their biobased research into commercial innovation.


  • ASTM International’s new subsidiary, the Safety Equipment Institute, awarded a five-year contract to manage bio-based certification and labelling program.
  • France becomes the first country to ban plastic plates and cutlery

Research & Development

  • New €5.83 million project to boost growth for biobased SMEs and Start-ups in North-West Europe
  • Assessing energy performance of bio-based succinic acid production using LCA
  • Can bio-based chemicals meet demand? Global and regional case-study around citrus waste-derived limonene as a solvent for cleaning applications
  • Terpene Based Sustainable Elastomer for Low Rolling Resistance and Improved Wet Grip Application: Synthesis, Characterization and Properties of Poly(styrene-co-myrcene)
  • Meta-Analysis of Life Cycle Energy and Greenhouse Gas Emissions for Priority Bio-based Chemicals
  • Economic evaluation of bio-based supply chains with CO2 capture and utilisation
  • Yorkshire plans to become a global leader in food manufacturing, agri-tech and biorenewables
  • Avantium opens pilot plant


  • Global Polyolesters for Bio-based Lubricant Market 2016 Industry Research Report
  • Gevo Announces Proposed Public Offering of Common Stock and Warrants
  • Advancing the Biobased Economy: Renewable Chemical Biorefinery
  • Commercialization, Progress, and Market Opportunities, 2016 and Beyond
  • Tesoro to Acquire Virent in Support of Commercializing Renewable Fuels and Chemicals
  • United States Bio-Based Butadiene Market Report 2021
  • Unilever to acquire Seventh Generation, Inc.
  • Amyris & Ginkgo Bioworks Complete Collaboration Agreement to Accelerate
  • Commercialization of Bio-Based Products
  • BioAmber Achieves Important Milestone in U.S. DOE Loan Guarantee Process
  • BioAmber closes on a $19.2 million corporate loan
  • Global Bio based Polyethylene Terephthalate Market 2016 Industry Research Report


  • Nantucket Island to ban all plastic packaging
  • New patent for Floreon technology strengthens PLA bioplastics
  • Toyobo and Avantium partner on PEF polymerization and PEF films
  • Thailand's circular, biobased economy: home grown bioplastics set to improve efficiency of local rubber agriculture
  • Arkema increases its specialty polyamides global capacities


  • Amyris Wins Three-Year, Multi-Million-Dollar Contract from U.S. Department of Energy to Further Manufacturing of Cellulose-Derived Farnesene
  • Enerkem's facility in Edmonton becomes the first ISCC certified plant in the world to convert municipal solid waste into biomethanol
  • Gevo Signs Heads of Agreement with Lufthansa for Commercial Supply of Renewable Jet Fuel
  • Strategic Consortium Announced to Commercialize Virent’s BioForming Technology for Low Carbon Fuels and Bio-Paraxylene
  • Borregaard invests in bioethanol upgrade
  • Ginkgo Bioworks to Design Custom Microorganisms for ADM

Consumer applications

  • Seventh Generation Develops EPA Safer Choice Certified Laundry Detergent
  • Neste and Ikea of Sweden announce partnership to deliver renewable, bio-based plastics


  • Biobased Membrane
  • Processes for preparing estolide base oils and biobased compounds that include ethyleneolysis
  • Flame retardant block copolymers from renewable feeds
  • Nanotechnologies and bioplastic to diagnose and combat tumours