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In the renewable chemicals industry we can observe a number of emerging companies with different business models – some of which succeed while others fail for different reasons. A number of companies in the space have their roots in technology development or biotechnological research and are trying to capitalise on their previous success with prototypes […]

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The United States exported 2,944 tonnes of polylactic acid (PLA) in July 2014, down from 4,314 a month earlier and 26.6% higher than the 2,325 in the same month last year, trade data showed. This brought total shipments in the first seven months of 2014 to 22,000 tonnes, up 15.9% y/y. To read the full […]

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Indonesia ‘s government has signed a plantations bill into law that targets to maximise land usage and open up the sector to smallholders, Gamal Nasir, Director General of Plantations at the Agriculture Ministry told Reuters, with a controversial foreign ownership clause having been dropped from the final version. The draft of the bill, which was […]

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Monosodium glutamate (MSG) exports from China in August 2014 were at 25,863 tonnes, their lowest for four months, trade data showed, compared with 34,443 in the preceding month and 29,223 one year ago. The August total included weaker MSG shipments to Thailand (4,423 tonnes vs. 7,110 in July) and India (2,255 vs. 3,080). So far in […]

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South Australian scientists are undertaking trials to see if seaweed can be farmers as part of the state’s AUD243 mln ($1=AUD1.09) aquaculture industry, local press reports said. Trials are underway near Port Lincoln involving four native seaweeds and their potential to be farmed. Agriculture, food and fisheries minister Leon Bignell sees seaweed developing into an […]

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BASF, Cargill and Novozymes in mid-September demonstrated the successful conversion of 3-hydroxypropionic acid (3-HP) to glacial acrylic acid and superabsorbent polymers. Moreover, they have selected the process for further scale-up. 3-HP is a renewable building bloc and one possible chemical precursor to acrylic acid. In August 2012, the three companies entered into a development agreement […]

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The European Union imported 3,326 tonnes of polylactic acid (PLA) in June 2014, trade data showed. This compares with 2,641 in the previous month and 2,738 tonnes in the same month a year earlier, a rise of 21.5%. To read the full article, request you FREE demo now.

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Bioplastics remain the fasted-growing product group of the renewable chemicals industry. Also, due to the size of the potential market, bioplastics remain the most promising segment that is seen to attract major investment in the future. Therefore, we would like to provide a short update on the current developments in the field in the following. […]

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Citric acid exports from China fell 5.6% y/y to 56,894 tonnes in July 2014, trade data showed. The year-to-date total until the end of July reached 472,874 tonnes, up 4.6% from the same period in 2013, and the highest total for Jan/Jul on record. India was the largest recipient of Jan/Jul shipments with 40,379 tonnes […]

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Indonesia plans again to challenge the EU’s anti-dumping measure on fatty alcohols at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) after one-year bilateral talks did not achieve consensus, local press reports said. The government would soon request the establishment of a new panel at the WTO’s Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) to decide on the case as the […]

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