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BASF exits biobased acrylic acid collaboration with Novozymes and Cargill (UPDATED)

10:15 AM MST | January 28, 2015 | Rebecca Coons

BASF has decided to exit a biobased acrylic acid partnership with Novozymes and Cargill, Novozymes announced today. Novozymes and Cargill have collaborated on renewable acrylic acid technology since 2008. BASF, the world's biggest producer of acrylic acid via...


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