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Renewably sourced chemicals (vegetable-derived, synthesized by microorganisms…) are increasingly finding use in development of building blocks, additives and polymers. Some solutions like natural fillers & fibers have been around long but some technological advances are being investigated to improve final product performance.

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Sep 24, 2018 | Industry News

Covestro’s Bio-based Raw Materials for Rigid PU Foam Reduce CO2 Emissions

Covestro has announced that it uses alternative raw materials for its production, also to reduce its own dependence on fossil resources. The company is currently working intensively on a CO2-based...

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Sep 20, 2018 | Product News

FKuR to Present Range of Bio-based Thermoplastics at Fakuma 2018

At Fakuma 2018, FKuR will present its broad portfolio of bio-based thermoplastics for injection molding, thermoforming and extrusion, including the advanced injection molding grade Bio-Flex® S 7514...

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Sep 20, 2018 | Article

Barriers to the Development of Wood Biomass-derived Bio-products

By Pascal Xanthopoulos

The most important barriers towards the development of wood bio-based products market are their high pricing in terms of purchase and the technological barriers that still face many of the related...

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Sep 18, 2018 | Industry News

Researchers Identify Latex Proteins to Enhance Natural Rubber Production

The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd., has announced that the results of joint research projects conducted since 2013 with two universities in Thailand, a major producer of natural rubber, were recently...

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Sep 17, 2018 | Industry News

Investor Group to Acquire Momentive to Compete in Global Market

Momentive and Investor Group have entered into a definitive merger agreement whereby the Investor Group will acquire Momentive in a transaction valued at approximately USD 3.1 billion, including the...

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Sep 12, 2018 | Industry News

New Method to Convert Waste Oils into 100% Biodegradable Biopolymer

Bio-on has presented a new big discovery. It is possible now to use waste cooking oils for the production of Minerv PHAs, the revolutionary biopolymer of Bio-on, organic and 100% biodegradable. All...

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Sep 7, 2018 | Industry News

USDA Revises Designation of Bio-based Products, Adds 12 New Categories

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has amended the guidelines for designating bio-based products for Federal Procurement by adding 12 product categories. These guidelines are part of the...

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Sep 4, 2018 | Industry News

Researchers Develop Transparent Bio-based Polyamides with Thermal Stability

The Fraunhofer Institute is investigating a sustainable alternative for the production of new high-performance plastics from terpenes. The new polyamides are not only transparent, but also have a...

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Aug 31, 2018 | Industry News

Researcher Gets Grant to Develop Carbon Nanofibers from Biorefinery Waste

Rajesh Shende has received a 2.16 million USD grant from the Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office to research and demonstrate cost-effective ways to turn waste from biorefineries...

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Aug 28, 2018 | Industry News

Plastic Packaging Alternative Derived from Crab Shells and Trees

Researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology have created a material derived from crab shells and tree fibers that has the potential to replace the flexible plastic packaging used to keep food...

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