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Technip signs agreement with BTG BioLiquids to build biomass-to-oil pyrolysis plants

August 25, 2016 | Natasha Alperowicz

Technip SA announced Thursday it has signed an exclusive cooperation agreement with BTG BioLiquids BV (BTL; Enschede, Netherlands) to provide engineering, procurement, and construction services for BTL's modular pyrolysis plants....

Finnish firm signs letter of intent to build forestry-waste-to-bioethanol plant in Norway

August 22, 2016 | Francinia Protti-Alvarez

Smart Fuel AS, a subsidiary of St1 Nordic Oy (Helsinki, Finland), has signed a letter of intent with forest-owners cooperative Viken Skog SA (Hønefoss, Norway) and its subsidiary Treklyngen Holding AS to construct a bioethanol plant in Norway. The...

Russian pilot project produces first batch of scandium oxide from red mud

August 22, 2016 | Francinia Protti-Alvarez

United Company Rusal (Moscow, Russia) produced scandium oxide with a concentration exceeding 99% for the first time last week, the company has announced. The output of the new product commenced at the Urals Aluminium Smelter (UAZ) after the installation and...

Researchers develop p-xylene separation technology to reduce carbon emissions and energy use

August 19, 2016 | Francinia Protti-Alvarez

Scientists from ExxonMobil Corp. and the Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta) have developed a new technology that could significantly reduce the amount of energy and emissions associated with manufacturing plastics. Using a molecular-level filter, the...

Delo Industrial Adhesives: a hidden German champion

August 18, 2016 | Michael Ravenscroft

HEROLD: The 15% we invest in R&D is worth it. Delo Industrial Adhesives (Windach, Germany) makes customized special adhesives and associated technology, based near Munich. The company is a typical member of Germany’s Mittelstand, the extended group...

Altana starts building $11-million coatings and adhesives laboratory

August 18, 2016 | Michael Ravenscroft

Specialty chemicals company Altana (Wesel, Germany) has announced the laying of the foundation stone of a new laboratory building at Grevenbroich, Germany, a site of its coatings and adhesives subsidiary Actega Rhenania GmbH. Altana says it is investing about...

TerraVia sells Algenist, appoints new CEO

August 10, 2016 | Rebecca Coons

Algae-based food nutrition and specialty ingredients company TerraVia Holdings Inc. (South San Francisco, California), formerly known as Solazyme Inc., has agreed to sell its Algenist skin-care brand to Tengram Capital Partners, a private equity firm that...

BASF and Toda Kogyo to collaborate in cathode active materials in North America

August 9, 2016 | Natasha Alperowicz

BASF SE and Toda Kogyo Corp., a developer and manufacturer of chemicals and iron oxides, on Tuesday announced they will enter exclusive negotiations to collaborate in cathode active materials (CAMs) in North America. The collaboration would focus on...

Amino acids increase sustainability of aquaculture

August 8, 2016 | Michael Ravenscroft

Kobler: Eliminate use of marine resources in production of fish feed. The volume of fish consumed globally was about 140 million m.t. in 2014, according to estimates from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (UN FAO). Of this amount...

Merck invests in liquid crystal technology, extending offering beyond displays

August 2, 2016 | Natasha Alperowicz

Merck KGaA (Darmstadt, Germany), a player in liquid crystals (LCs), has announced plans to invest around €15 million ($17 million) in the production of LC window (LCW) modules. The plan extends Merck’s LC technology beyond their use in displays...

Flotek, YPF sign five-year joint technology development agreement

July 28, 2016 | Francinia Protti-Alvarez

Flotek Industries, Inc. (Houston) has signed a five-year joint technology development agreement with YPF Technologia SA (Y-TEC; Buenos Aires, Argentina), the technology arm of state-owned energy company Yacimientos Petrolíferos Fiscales S.A. (YPF...

Graphene 3D Lab commercializes single-layer graphene oxide

July 28, 2016 | Michael Ravenscroft

Graphene 3D Lab (Calverton, New York) has announced commercialization of a new functionalized single-layer graphene oxide material under the trade name ORG-GO. The introduction of this material addresses one of the main roadblocks to commercialization of...

Greenyug to co-locate its first biobased ethyl acetate unit adjacent to ADM corn-processing complex

July 27, 2016 | Ian Young

Greenyug LLC (Santa Barbara, California) has announced that it will build an industrial-scale facility to manufacture ethyl acetate based on renewable feedstock. The unit will be built adjacent to Archer Daniels Midland Co.'s (ADM) wet mill corn processing...

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