BioChemicals
Jan. 31, 2017 - Kraton Corporation, a leading global producer of styrenic block copolymers, specialty polymers and high-value performance products derived from pine wood pulping co-products, has announced a general price increase of $330 USD/MT on all Kraton SIS polymers.
Dec. 15, 2016 - Sandy Marshall, executive director of Bioindustrial Innovation Canada, wants to see Sarnia-Lambton's Chemical Valley in Ontario become a “hybrid chemistry cluster” with new bio-chemical manufacturing plants.
Dec. 6, 2016 - It’s no secret that demand for newspaper is waning. Even a decade ago, it was common to see public transit commuters absorbed in the “broadsheets” splayed on their laps. Today, not so much. If you hop on a subway, you’re liable to see most commuters, especially younger ones, staring at a smart phone or e-book. At the same time, businesses of all stripes, from insurance firms to medical offices, are slowly but surely eschewing paper in favour of electronic record-keeping systems.
Nov. 29, 2016 - Fortress Paper is installing a new system at its Fortress Specialty Cellulose Mill in Thurso, Que., that is designed to use birch wood to produce dissolving pulp.
Nov. 22, 2016 - Montreal-based CelluForce has signed a multifaceted strategic partnership with Fibria, a Brazilian forestry company and the world's leading eucalyptus pulp producer.
Nov. 21, 2016 - A recently formed co-op of Ontario beet farmers hopes to build a processing facility in Sarnia, Ont., to supply sugar for biochemical producers.
Nov. 10, 2016 - BioAmber's Sarnia plant operations continue to improve with fermentation yields, plant uptime and percentage of 'on-spec' products all increasing in Q3 vs Q2 2016, the company reports.
Nov. 2, 2016 - A Vancouver-based natural biotechnology conversion processes developer is working with candy and chocolate producer to help commercialize xylitol using a proprietary co-production technology.
Oct. 31, 2016 - Several pulp companies in Canada are now producing biochemicals or biofuels and even more are in the construction phase of bioproducts projects.
Oct. 19, 2016 - The Swedish research institute Innventia has developed what it calls “Biorefinery Test Methods” to facilitate the sale of lignin and development of new products. These methods are based on existing methods and ‘best practice’ for wood and pulp, and have been tested and, where necessary, adapted for lignin samples, says the company. Repeatability data have also been developed.
Oct. 7, 2016 - Noblegen Inc. has received $5.5 million in new private equity funding, and expects another $2 million to close by the end of October, the company announced this week.
Oct. 6, 2016 - Verdezyne Inc., a synthetic biology company producing biobased chemicals, and Aceto Corporation, the leader in the marketing, sales and distribution of specialty chemicals in the U.S., announced an agreement for sales and distribution of 's BIOLON DDDA (biobased dodecanedioic acid). BIOLON DDDA will be produced by Verdezyne and will be distributed in the United States of America by Aceto.
Oct. 5, 2016 - The use of biochar in agriculture improves soil fertility, especially in tropical regions, and mitigates greenhouse gas emissions. A project funded by the Austrian Science Fund FWF studied the positive impact of the "fertiliser of the future" on ecosystems and nutrient cycles.
Sept. 12, 2016 - BioAmber Inc. has announced that it has closed on a $25 million loan from Bridging Finance Inc., acting as sub-advisor to the Sprott Bridging Income Fund LP. Proceeds from the loan will be used to retire an $8 million loan from Tennenbaum Capital Partners, with the balance applied to general corporate purposes. The loan does not contain any convertible features or warrants.
Sept. 7, 2016 - The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) today released the new report “Advancing the Biobased Economy: Renewable Chemical Biorefinery Commercialization, Progress, and Market Opportunities, 2016 and Beyond,” documenting substantial, ongoing growth in the renewable chemical industry and outlining federal and state policies that support the industry.
Aug. 23, 2016 - The Ontario government is investing $4.5 million to help FPInnovations establish a fully functioning bio-refinery plant in Thunder Bay.
Aug. 10, 2016 - BioAmber reported yesterday sales at its bio-succinic plant in Sarnia, Ont., in the second quarter are on track with the company's expectations, having increased 637 per cent from one year ago due to an increase in production. 
June 30, 2016 – Novozymes will deliver enzymes for DONG Energy’s coming REnescience plant in Northwich in the northwest of England. It will be the first full-scale bio plant in the world capable of handling household waste by means of enzymes.
June 6, 2016 - A zero-waste manufacturing process has long been a dream for industries, especially in areas where businesses believe their byproducts hold great potential.
May 30, 2016 - Licella Fibre Fuels Pty Ltd. (Licella) and Canfor Pulp Products Inc. (CPPI), through its subsidiary Canfor Pulp Ltd., (Canfor Pulp) have signed an agreement to form a joint-venture under the name "Licella Pulp Joint Venture.”
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