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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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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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One of the driest years on record now seems likely to result in a 2014/15 (Apr/Mar) Centre/South (CS) cane crush of little more than 560 mln tonnes. Although the dry weather has allowed harvesting to proceed at a record rate, the quality of the cane is poor. With many mills being forced to sell their […]

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Climate change and resource protection continue to be a core challenge for mankind. Therefore more and more companies try to replace fossil-based oils and gases by renewable resources. In the chemical industry the use of bio-based feedstock is the main option to replace fossil feedstock. However, the pure claim of a product’s renewability is not […]

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The trading landscape of lysine has undergone some changes in 2013, with some shifts in the ranking of the top exporters. Asian players have recorded increases in exports while traditional American and European origins saw their shipments decline. Overall, export volumes of the Top 10 groups of exporters fell year-on-year in 2013 by over 6%. […]

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The renewable chemicals market remained rather quiet in the first half of 2014 following difficult conditions over the past years up to at least late 2013. And even now, several challenges persist such as the subdued investment volumes in the field so far – although the outlook for future investments is somewhat brighter as we […]

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Despite all efforts in commercializing technologies that use second generation feedstocks for renewable chemicals production, first generation feedstocks remain the major source of carbohydrates for any type of fermentation products such as ethanol, organic acids and chemical building blocks for use in bioplastics. Based on current production capacities, we estimate that somewhere between 37 mln […]

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The years 2008-2010 saw a boom in renewable chemicals investment before the most-recent financial crisis hit global markets and let most investors look for safe havens and shy away from risky assets and investments in new technologies. Also, renewable chemicals companies were reluctant to raise funds in initial public offerings (IPO) in the midst of […]

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Butanol has long been used in the chemical industry and therefore has a number of existing applications and customers, which together create a so called market-pull. This is helpful for players working on renewable butanol as it eliminates the need to develop markets from scratch. Since the renewable and the conventional molecule are identical, downstream […]

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The feedstock question remains one of crucial importance in the renewable chemicals industry. New players in the sector have to find out which feedstock works best in their respective process and if this feedstock is available at sufficient quantities at the right time and at acceptable cost. Established players in renewable chemicals tend to trial […]

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