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Ford teams up with Mexican tequila distiller to make bioplastics from agave byproduct

July 21, 2016 | Francinia Protti-Alvarez

Ford Motor Company (Dearborn, Michigan) and tequila distiller Jose Cuervo (Mexico City, Mexico) have teamed up to explore the use of the agave plant byproduct to develop more sustainable bioplastics to employ in Ford vehicles, the companies have announced. A...

American Refining Group takes 33.3% stake in Amyris-Cosan biobased lubricants joint venture

July 19, 2016 | Rebecca Coons

American Refining Group, Inc. (ARG; Bradford, Pennsylvania) has announced a 33.3% equity investment into biobased lubricants maker Novvi LLC (Emeryville, California). Novvi is a a joint venture of renewable chemical firm Amyris, Inc. (Emeryville, California)...

Evonik inaugurates silanes competence center at Germany site

July 14, 2016 | Francinia Protti-Alvarez

Evonik Industries AG has inaugurated a silanes competence center at its Rheinfelden, Germany, site, the company announced today. Evonik invested a "low two-digit million euro amount" in construction, which took two years. As well as hosting R&D...

Celanese appoints Verghese Thomas as chief technology & innovation officer

July 12, 2016 | Michael Ravenscroft

Celanese has announced the appointment of Verghese Thomas as chief technology & innovation officer. Thomas is currently global technology & innovation director, Celanese engineered materials and EVA polymers. Thomas joined Celanese in 2009 and has...

Emery Oleochemicals expands Cincinnati development center, opens application lab

July 12, 2016 | Francinia Protti-Alvarez

Emery Oleochemicals says it has expanded its recently completed 7,500-square foot technical development center (TDC) at Cincinnati, Ohio. This center will now also serve as the applications lab for the company’s green polymer additives business. The...

International partnership to commercialize renewable isooctane for specialty fuels

July 11, 2016 | Francinia Protti-Alvarez

Global Bioenergies (Evry, France), IBN-One, and Lantmännen Aspen (Hindås, Sweden), the world market leader in alkylate gasoline for two- and four- stroke small engines, say they have entered into a partnership on renewable isooctane for specialty...

Toyota Tsusho becomes investor in Annellotech's BTX supply chain

July 11, 2016 | Francinia Protti-Alvarez

Toyota Tsusho Corporation (Nagoya and Tokyo, Japan) has become an equity investor in Anellotech (Pearl River, New York), as well as a corporate partner within the renewable aromatic chemicals supply chain, Anellotech announced today. Anellotech is...

Evonik to join HP's open materials platform for 3-D printing

July 8, 2016 | Michael Ravenscroft

Evonik Industries AG says that it will participate in HP Inc.’s open platform program and introduce new customized powder materials to the market for HP’s multijet fusion 3-D printing technology. Evonik says it expects 3-D printing, also...

Once-through methanation pilot plant for SNG successfully tested in China

July 7, 2016 | Michael Ravenscroft

Clariant has announced that its methanation pilot plant at Nanjing, China, has been successfully tested, and that the technology is ready for commercial application. The VESTA once-through methanation new technology with wide hydrogen-carbon monoxide...

Alcoa opens 3D printing plant for metal powders

July 7, 2016 | Michael Ravenscroft

Alcoa (Pittsburgh) says it has opened a state-of-the-art, 3D printing metal powder production facility at the Alcoa Technology Center, near Pittsburgh, PA, the world’s largest light metals research center. The plant will produce proprietary titanium...

Shares in Graphene NanoChem suspended on the London AIM market

June 30, 2016 | Natasha Alperowicz

Shares in Graphene NanoChem PLC (Camberley, UK) were suspended from trading on the London AIM market on Wednesday after the company said that it would not be in a position to publish by 30 June 2016 its annual audited accounts for the year ended 31...

Arkema opens innovation center in South Korea

June 28, 2016 | Natasha Alperowicz

Arkema has announced the opening of an innovation center in South Korea to support its growth in Asia. The new laboratory, based within Hanyang University in Seoul, builds on a partnership spanning many years between Arkema and the university. It will...

Clariant becomes partner in CO2-to-chemicals project

June 28, 2016 | Natasha Alperowicz

Clariant said Tuesday it will become a partner in Carbon2Chem, a cross-industry project to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from the steel industry. The project, sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research for an initial four...

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