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EU research project on chemically under-utilised oil crops


The European oleochemical industry currently relies on imported coconut and palm kernel oils and fatty acids and castor oil as sources for medium-chain fatty acids (MCFA, C10–C14) and medium-chain polymer building blocks. These are needed for the production of lubricants, plasticizers and other products used in the coatings industry.
The EU-funded research project COSMOS is a 4.5-year project, which aims to reduce the dependence of Europe's oleochemical industry on imported plant oils, by turning camelina and crambe into profitable, sustainable, multipurpose, non-GMO European oil crops, suitable for the production of oleochemicals.
Seed properties will be screened and optimized through genetic techniques aiming at high yield, low resource inputs, optimization of the value generated from vegetative tissues and fatty acid profiles adapted to industrial needs. Large-scale field trials will be performed at different locations in Europe to assess the potential of the crops in terms of cultivation practices, seed yield, oil content, ease of harvesting, and resource inputs.
Extracted oils will be fractionated into various fatty acid types (monounsaturated versus polyunsaturated) by selective enzyme technologies and extraction processes. The monounsaturated long-chain fatty acids so obtained will be converted to medium-chain fatty acids (MCFA) and high-value building blocks for bio-plastics and flavor and fragrance ingredients through chemical and enzymatic chain cleavage processes. The overall economic, social and environmental sustainability as well as life cycle of the whole value chain will be assessed.
The project comprises 18 partners, of which 50% are SMEs and large enterprises and the remaining 50% are universities and research institutes.
(Bio-based News)
(Physical Sciences & Technology Center)

A step closer to developing renewable propane


Natural metabolic pathways for the renewable biosynthesis of propane do not exist but scientists at the University of Manchester have developed an alternative microbial biosynthetic pathway to produce renewable propane.
Professor Nigel Scrutton, Director of the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology (MIB), explains the significance of their work: "The chemical industry is undergoing a major transformation as a consequence of unstable energy costs, limited natural resources and climate change. Efforts to find cleaner, more sustainable forms of energy as well as using biotechnology techniques to produce synthetic chemicals are currently being developed at The University of Manchester."
The team led by Nigel Scrutton and Dr Patrik Jones from Imperial College, modified existing fermentative butanol pathways using an engineered enzyme variant to redirect the microbial pathway to produce propane as opposed to butanol. The team was able to achieve propane biosynthesis creating a platform for next-generation microbial propane production.
(chemeurope.com)

IMCD strengthens OXEA's amines distribution in Europe


Following two years of successful co-operation, the global chemical company Oxea has extended its distribution partnership with the Dutch chemical distributor IMCD for its Amines in Europe. Starting in April, the new contract will allow IMCD to distribute Oxea's TCD Diamine in Europe.
TCD Diamine is used as a high performance epoxy resin hardener in surface coating systems and specialty adhesives. In a recent study by the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials IFAM in Bremen, Germany, TCD Diamine has yielded very favorable results for epoxy based adhesive technologies.
(Coatings World)

Cardolite presents curing agent for waterborne epoxies


Cardolite introduces the first renewable curing agent for waterborne epoxy coatings, designed for cost effective water-based concrete primers and self-levelers that require quick return to service, excellent adhesion to concrete and top coats, and superior durability.
The NX-8101 is a new low-odour epoxy curing agent, supplied in water and does not contain or require any solvents in the formulation to deliver excellent performance. Coatings based on NX-8101 can be pigmented on both amine and epoxy sides, do not demand emulsifiers, and are easily reducible in water. The lower admix viscosity permits higher filler loading, which results in lower cost systems.
Primers and self-levelers formulated with NX-8101 exhibit fast cure, early walk-on hardness, and excellent film appearance at extreme conditions such as 10°C and 80% relative humidity, while still maintaining a workable pot life.
Cardolite Corporation continues advances the use of natural cashew nut shell liquid (CNSL) in epoxy coatings, friction materials, and other select applications, being the world's largest cardanol producer.
Please visit Cardolite's ECS 2015 booth 1-650, to learn more about epoxy products from renewable sources.
(Cardolite)

Celanese reports record Q1 results


Celanese Corporation, a global technology and specialty materials company, today reported record first quarter 2015 adjusted earnings.
Core income in Materials Solutions was $196 million on net sales of $570 million, while expanded adjusted EBIT margin was 24.1%, a quarterly record and an increase of more than 600 basis points from the prior quarter and prior year, driven by strong commercial performance in both Materials Solutions and the Acetyl Chain.
The company continues on track with implemented incremental productivity programs that are expected to deliver $50 million in annualized cost reductions. The aggregate 2015 productivity savings are expected to be in excess of $100 million.
"We started this year with significant headwinds at the macro level, like an uncertain macroeconomic environment and volatile currency markets, and at the Celanese level, like the methanol transition and tow inventory de-stocking. However, our ability in the first quarter to offset these headwinds through strong commercial performance in both Materials Solutions and the Acetyl Chain as well as Celanese-specific productivity initiatives gives us confidence that we can overcome these headwinds", said Mark Rohr, chairman and CEO.
(wallstreet-online.de)

Roquette launches isosorbide production in France


Roquette Freres announces the launch of a new industrial unit for the production of isosorbide at its site in Lestrem, Pas-de-Calais, France. A global player in the processing of plant-based raw materials, Roquette confirms its ambition to become a preferred supplier in the performance plastics and specialty chemistry markets.
Polysorb isosorbide is a solution of choice for performance plastics such as thermoplastics (polyesters, polycarbonates, thermoplastic polyurethanes) and curable resins (polyurethanes, epoxy resins, unsaturated resins, coatings and so on.) Polysorb isosorbide is also used as a substitute for bisphenol-A in polycarbonates, while improving the properties of this polymer, such as optical properties, resistance to ultra-violet (UV) light and better resistance to chemicals and high temperatures.
The new production unit has a capacity of 20,000 metric tons per year isosorbide. Thanks to this new industrial installation, Roquette can now reach high production capacity for the different grades of isosorbide.
(Chemical Engineering)

BASF celebrates its 150 years


German Chancellor Angela Merkel is the most prominent speaker at the official celebration of BASF's 150th anniversary on April 23, at Ludwigshafen.
The company expects more than 1,000 international guests from politics, economy, science and society. Other speakers include Malu Dreyer, Chief Minister of the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate and Kurt Bock, CEO of BASF.
(RNZ)

Bacteria process plastic into food and clean soils


Back in 1986 scientists from the Russian Tomsk State University (TSU) were working on the problems involved in cleaning up oil spills. This research lead to the discovery of oil-eating bacteria.
Microorganisms grown at the Research Institute for Biology and Biophysics of Tomsk State University already work in different regions from Southern Kazakhstan to the Arctic Circle.
The bacteria consume oil waste, organic glass and even various different kinds of plastics, which are considered almost non-biodegradable in the environment. The scientist also identified microorganisms that eat copper sulfate, strontium, zinc, and other substances.
"From our experience, it takes bacteria between 60 and 70 days to remove an oil content of 400 grams per kilo of soil. Our technology delivers the total destruction of the contaminant materials. Due to biological combustion, they turn into carbon dioxide and water", said Vladimir Kaluzhin, a senior research associate with the Research Institute for Biology and Biophysics at Tomsk State University.
(chemeurope.com)

Kuraray acquires Plantic


Kuraray Co. of Tokyo, Japan, announced an expansion into bio-based barrier materials through the acquisition of Plantic, an Australia-based global leader in bio-based barrier materials.
Plantic film is used in a broad range of products in the barrier packaging sector and is supplying major supermarkets and brand owners on three continents (Australia, North America and Europe) in applications such as fresh case ready beef, pork, lamb and veal, smoked and processed meats, chicken, and fresh seafood and pasta applications.
The acquisition of Plantic enables Kuraray to provide barrier materials that meet the increasing global demand of bio-based food packaging materials. Kuraray expects that its global sales network will assist to develop the bio-based barrier business in Europe, USA and Asia.
(Chemical Engineering)

Sika announces Q1 growth results


Sika achieved "highly dynamic growth" in the first quarter of 2015, thereby making a strong start to the year despite the very high sales growth in the reference period (2014: 23.3%). At constant exchange rates, sales rose by 5.1% to CHF 1.195 billion.
Gains in all regions contributed to this impressive performance, with North and Latin America even posting double-digit growth. In terms of Swiss francs, first-quarter sales fell slightly by 0.9%. Negative currency effects stemming from the strength of the Swiss franc amounted to 6.0%.
Sika's CEO Jan Jenisch said: "This successful quarter demonstrates once more that our growth model is working. In the first three months of the year we have opened three new factories and our 91st national subsidiary has been founded in Myanmar. By investing in new factories and products, acquisitions and accelerated expansion in growth markets, we will continue our successful course in 2015".
Sales in the region EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) grew by 1.1% on the back of double-digit growth rates in Eastern Europe, Africa and the Middle East. By contrast, demand from the Western European markets was at a lower level than in the very strong prior-year period. The opening of new factories in Dubai and La Réunion will generate additional growth impetus in the region in the future.
(Coatings World)

DuPont increase fluoropolymers prices


DuPont announces a price increase by up to 15% for their Fluoropolymer Solutions products across EMEA effective April 1, or as contracts in place permit.
According to the company, fluoropolymer production is capital intensive and requires a high investment in safety. The Fluorine business continues to invest heavily in product innovation and environmentally friendly solutions as well as regulatory compliance including REACH.
(chemeurope.com)

Sartomer's new high-performance UV-curable PUDs


With its new line of UV-curable water-based PUDs, Sartomer, a business unit of Arkema Inc., marks what it calls "an innovative approach" to UV PUD chemistry.
Developed to be free of solvents, surfactants and tin catalysts, CN9500 and CN9501 provide enhanced formulation latitude. Both products are supplied at approximately 40% solids content and are compatible with other water-based coatings. The products contribute excellent coatings properties after water removal and UV curing, including good flow and leveling and a low minimum film formation temperature (MFFT). Both are dry to the touch after water removal. They create a warm appearance on wood, are non-yellowing and are easily matted to a low-gloss finish.
(Coatings World)

Schulman sets up masterbatch production in Turkey


Plastic compounds and resins supplier A.Schulman is planning to set up a new masterbatch production plant in Turkey. The proposed facility will see a €7 million investment and is expected to become operational by the end of the 2016 fiscal year.
A "masterbatch" is a concentrated mixture of pigments and/or additives encapsulated during a heat process into a carrier resin, which is then cooled and cut into granular shape. A masterbatch allows the processor to colour raw polymer economically during the plastics manufacturing process.
When completely operational, the masterbatch production plant will produce close to 40 million pounds of the company's additive, white, and breathable masterbatches for food and industrial packaging customers in Turkey and other fast-growing countries in the Middle East and North Africa.
Schulman's EMEA vice-president and general manager Heinrich Lingnau said: "First, through this timely investment, we will be ideally positioned to participate more fully in the accelerating growth occurring throughout Turkey and other countries in the Middle East and North Africa. With the new plant, the company will be able to improve service times and utilise capacity in Northern Europe in a more efficient manner".
Schulman employs around 3,900 people across its 42 manufacturing facilities worldwide. The company generated around $2.5 billion in net sales for the fiscal year ended 31 August 2014.
(Packaging Gateway)

RPM acquires Firetherm, UK


RPM International Inc. has announced that its Tremco Illbruck Group has acquired Firetherm Intumescent & Insulation Supplies Ltd., the United Kingdom market leader in fire-stopping solutions for the construction industry. Based in Kent, near London, England, Firetherm has annual net sales of approximately $10 million.
Firetherm manufactures and supplies a broad range of fire-stopping products, intumescent coatings, and fire-rated sealants and fiber boards. They are primarily sold to specialist fire-stopping contractors, general contractors and home builders who view the company as a leading technical expert in the sector.
(Coatings World)

Exhibition & Congress : European Coatings Show 2015


Between April 21 - 23, in Nuremberg, Germany, the ECS is considered as the world's premier gathering of the Coatings & Paints industry.
Trends and technologies covering all aspects of the production of paints, varnishes, sealants, building chemicals and adhesives are presented during this exhibition and congress.
The product spectrum at the ECS reflects the innovations in paints and coatings. Every two years, the formulators of paint, coatings, adhesives, sealants, additives, printing inks or construction chemical products, industrial processors and representatives from science and research discuss the latest developments in the coatings market at the world-leading exhibition in Nuremberg.
(Vincentz)

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