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Applied Graphene reports positive test results with graphene-reinforced PU coatings

12:17 PM MDT | April 17, 2015 | Natasha Alperowicz

Applied Graphene Materials (Wilton, UK), which engages in the R&D, manufacture, and sale of graphene, has reported positive preliminary findings following independent performance testing on graphene-reinforced polyurethane (PU) coatings. The performance...


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Freudenberg-NOK develops biobased rubber compound

Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies (Plymouth, MI) says that it has developed an ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) rubber compound from a polymer produced from sugarcane-based feedstock. The sugarcane base allows the material to be 45% bio-renewable...

Harry Swan appointed to governing board of Innovate UK

Thomas Swan (Consett, UK) says that Harry Swan, its managing director, has been appointed to the governing board of Innovate UK, the United Kingdom’s innovation agency, formerly known as the Technology Strategy Board. The appointment will last until...

Invista launches new PTA technology platform

Invista has launched P8, a new technology platform that reduces the cost of manufacturing purified terephthalic acid (PTA), a polyester precursor, by up to $40/m.t., says Invista....

Taminco signs evaluation agreement with UK-based microencapsulation company

Eden Research (Cirencester, UK), a listed, natural, microencapsulation company, has signed an exclusive option agreement with Taminco’s crop protection division following a series of successful field trials during the second half of 2014. Taminco is a...

BioAmber licenses JM Davy BDO and THF technologies

Renewable chemicals firm BioAmber (Minneapolis) says it has entered into a technology license agreement with Johnson Matthey Davy Technologies (JM Davy) that will enable BioAmber to construct and operate 1,4 butanediol (BDO) and tetrahydrofuran (THF) plants...

Siluria announces start-up of methane-to-ethylene demo plant

Siluria (San Francisco) has started up a plant at La Porte, TX, to demonstrate its process for the manufacture of ethylene by the oxidative coupling of methane (OCM). The development represents the world’s first large-scale production of ethylene directly from natural gas via OCM, says Siluria. The company intends to commercialize the process in 2017-18....

Clariant introduces de-icing fluids made from renewable propylene glycol

Agribusiness giant Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) and Clariant say they have introduced ADM Evolution Chemical’s line of biobased propylene glycol into Clariant’s Safewing and Octaflo brands of aircraft de-icing fluids in North...

Shiseido to set up innovation center at Yokohama

Shiseido (Tokyo), a leading cosmetics player, said today that it will establish a new research facility at Yokohama, Japan. On 26 March, the city granted Shiseido permission to acquire land for the new center in the Yokohama Minato Mirai 21 District. The...

Germany: Large companies buy into start-ups to tap creativity

One in every five large (more than 1,000 employees) industrial companies in Germany is involved in a start-up in order to support innovation. But only 1 in 10 firms with fewer than 1,000 employees follow this strategy. These statistics are two of the key...

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