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  • Coloring the “Circular Economy”

    Coloring the “Circular Economy”  [02-08-19]

    In the run-up to K 2019, Clariant is sharing its views on some of the issues facing the plastics industry as it embraces the Circular Economy. Philippe Lazerme, Head of Marketing Segment Plastics at Clariant’s Business Unit Pigment, weighs in on how to add color to sustainable plastics. “The selection of the right colorants will be crucial,” he writes. [more]

  • Lavazza launches compostable coffee capsules

    Lavazza launches compostable coffee capsules [01-08-19]

    Earlier this month, Lavazza returned for the ninth time to Wimbledon as the official coffee of the championships. At the tournament this year, held from 1-14 July, the company unveiled a new 100% industrial compostable coffee capsule, which will be marketed under the brand name Lavazza Eco Caps.  [more]

  • Bio-on produces expert witnesses testifying to validity biodegradability claims

    Bio-on produces expert witnesses testifying to validity biodegradability claims [31-07-19]

    Earlier this month, US hedge fund Quintessential Capital Management leveled a number of serious accusations at Italy-based PHA producer Bio-on, including that it had “fabricated” its figures and that most of its “revenue and credit is fictitious”. QCM’s report went on to state that Bio-on’s “technology has even been called "absurd" and management's statements "rambling.”  [more]

  • Kaneka showcases PHBH products at G20 Osaka Summit

    Kaneka showcases PHBH products at G20 Osaka Summit [30-07-19]

    At the recent G20 Osaka Summit, which took place in June at the International Exibition Center in Osaka, an exhibition was held concurrently at the International Media Center in which Tokyo-based Kaneka Corporation also took part.  [more]

  • A catalyst for sustainable methanol

    A catalyst for sustainable methanol [29-07-19]

    Scientists at ETH Zurich and oil and gas company Total have developed a new catalyst that converts CO2 and hydrogen into methanol. Offering realistic market potential, the technology paves the way for the sustainable production of fuels and chemicals, reports Fabio Bergamin (ETH). [more]

  • Sustained growth for the European bioeconomy

    Sustained growth for the European bioeconomy [26-07-19]

    A study conducted in 2016 by nova-Institute on behalf of the Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC) showed for the first time which macroeconomic effects are generated by the bioeconomy e.g. turnover and employment for the years 2008 and 2013. [more]

  • PHA producer Bio-on roundly rejects all allegations of fraud

    PHA producer Bio-on roundly rejects all allegations of fraud [25-07-19]

    Following the publication of an investigative report from Quintessential Capital Management (QCM), which asserted that Bio-on is a "house of cards", a scheme conceived by management to enrich themselves on at the expense of shareholders, Bio-on has released a statement in which it vigorously denies any wrongdoing.  [more]

  • Green Biologics to shutter Minnesota plant

    Green Biologics to shutter Minnesota plant [24-07-19]

    After a detailed review, the board of Green Biologics Limited (GBL) has concluded that it is not possible to secure funding to enable it to continue with its plan to build up sales and production levels of renewable butanol and acetone at the Group’s Little Falls, Minnesota plant to the point of cash break-even. [more]

  • Karl-Heinz Bußbach sees a future for bioplastics

    Karl-Heinz Bußbach sees a future for bioplastics [23-07-19]

    VDMA Plastics and Rubber Machinery will shine the spotlight on circular economy at K 2019 in Düsseldorf in October and show how closed loops can work effectively. In the run-up to the show, the VDMA has conducted a series of interviews with key industry players.  [more]

  • CFO Avantium to step down at end of 2019

    CFO Avantium to step down at end of 2019 [22-07-19]

    Avantium announces that Frank Roerink, Chief Financial Officer and member of the Management Board, will leave the company at the end of 2019. He will continue to fulfill his responsibilities for the remainder of the year. This allows the company to start looking for a successor. [more]

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