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Shiseido to set up innovation center at Yokohama

11:38 AM MDT | March 27, 2015 | Natasha Alperowicz

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...


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Evonik to invest €4 billion in R&D over next decade

Evonik Industries, at a press conference at Wesseling, Germany, on Thursday, announced that it plans to invest over €4 billion ($4.37 billion) in E&D over the next decade. “Our intention is to turn Evonik into one of the world's most innovative...

BASF and Heidelberg University extend cooperation

BASF and Heidelberg University have signed a new agreement for their joint catalysis research laboratory (Carla). The research cooperation at Heidelberg, ongoing since 2006, has been extended to October 2017. “Catalysts play a central role in many...

Singapore researchers claim cost-effective method to transform palm-oil waste into biobased chemicals

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US-based start-up finalizes licensing agreement for biobased surfactant synthesis technology

GlycoSurf (Tucson, AZ), a University of Arizona (UA) start-up, has finalized an exclusive license agreement for a new chemical synthesis technology that it says could replace petroleum-based surfactants. The company will initially focus on surfactant...

Sappi to build ground-breaking nanocellulose pilot plant in the Netherlands

Sappi (Johannesburg) said on Wednesday that it will locate a ground-breaking pilot plant for low-cost production of cellulose nanofibrils (CNF) at the Brightlands Chemelot campus at Sittard-Geleen, Netherlands. The campus focuses on performance, biomedical...

Shin-Etsu to expand silicones production in Thailand, build technical center in the US

Shin-Etsu Chemical said today that it plans to strengthen its silicones business through expansion of capacity in Thailand and the establishment of a new technical center in the United States. Silicones are one of Shin-Etsu’s main pillars. The company...

Rennovia, Johnson Matthey to co-develop and manufacture catalysts for biobased adipic acid process

Rennovia (Santa Clara, CA) and Johnson Matthey have entered into a joint agreement for the co-development and manufacture of catalysts to be used in the scale-up and commercialization of Rennovia’s process for the production of biobased glucaric acid...

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...

Evogene signs castor bean collaboration deal with Brazilian agribusiness firm

Evogene's (Rehovot, Israel) wholly owned subsidiary, Evofuel; and Insolo Agroindustrial (Sao Paulo) have signed a collaboration agreement for the selection and optimization of Evofuel's proprietary castor bean varieties in Insolo farms located in Piaui State...

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