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Chemical Industry Weekly Innovation Round-up, November 11

6:42 AM MST | November 11, 2010 | By ALEX SCOTT

Chemical Industry Weekly Innovation Round-up, November 11
In CW this week…
Solvay announced this week that they are going ahead with a major technology upgrade of its 360,000-m.t./year chlor-alkali complex at Tavaux, France at a cost of $115 million. The project will involve replacing mercury cells with a membrane-based process. The announcement is particularly interesting because Solvay had planned a similar upgrade to the complex in 2008, but never went through with its proposals due to the global economic downturn. Market confidence at Solvay is running high once again.

Paul-Joel Derian, group v.p./R&D at Rhodia recently has become chairman of the European Technology Platform for Sustainable Chemistry (SusChem), a joint initiative between Cefic and the European Commission. Derian sets out his new goals to take SusChem – and sustainable chemistry in Europe - forward.

Sabic has selected Lummus Technology as its partner to develop jointly a toluene methylation (TM) technology for generating para-xylene.

Tate & Lyle (T&L; Decatur, IL) says it has signed a contract manufacturing agreement with biochemicals start-up Amyris (Emeryville, CA)

Coming up…
CW will be at the industry’s Annual Long Range research Initiative (LRI) meeting taking place in Brussels next week.
Beyond Chemicalweek…

A flexible metamaterial that manipulates visible light could lead to better camouflage. MIT Technology Review
Legal experts for the European Union Council of Ministers said they think a proposed rule that would allow EU member countries to decide whether to ban or permit biotech crop cultivation might end up violating the World Trade Organization regulations. Article by Reuters.
Scientists have created a new material which could replace or compete with Teflon in thousands of everyday applications. Source is The Science Daily.

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