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Honeywell taps Metabolix for a biodegradable alternative to personal care microbeads

Biopolymers firm Metabolix (Cambridge, MA) announced today that it has entered into a global, exclusive commercial and technology alliance with Honeywell to offer new marine biodegradable biopolymers for use in cosmetics and personal care products...

Axalta opens new waterborne coatings plant in Shanghai

Axalta today opened its new automotive waterborne coatings plant in China. The plant, which is adjacent to Axalta’s operations center in Shanghai’s Jiading district, will double the company’s capacity in China for waterborne coatings...


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Environment

Mixed responses to reform of European emissions trading system

The European Union’s emissions trading system (EU ETS) allows businesses to purchase permits for carbon dioxide emissions. The current glut of allowances on the market has caused the price of permits to drop to €7–€8 ($8–9) per...

Regulatory

India to cut customs duties on products including styrene, naphtha

India plans to reduce customs duties on a range of petrochemical products and feedstocks, such as styrene monomer and naphtha, when its fiscal year 2015-16 begins on 1 April, the Ministry of Finance (New Delhi) said yesterday. Basic custom duties on styrene...

R&D

Global Bioenergies produces second generation isobutene at lab scale

Global Bioenergies (Evry, France) has produced second-generation isobutene, in a push to diversify accessible feedstock towards cheaper resources in this case waste biomass. Preliminary tests have resulted in successful second-generation isobutene production...

Innovation

Petrobras and Novozymes Sign Biofuel Partnership

The agreement covers the development of enzymes and production processes....

Sustainability

3M to Expand Solar Film Production

The films, named 3M Ultra Barrier Solar Film, lower module manufacturing costs by replacing glass in rigid PV modules....











 
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