Our world scored another record: we just surfaced our 200 billionth ton of oil. That is about equal to the volume of the North Sea. Every year, we add another Loch Ness to that. By far, the end is not in sight yet, although many people put their hopes on it. And notwithstanding the need
Coca-Cola and Danone have not yet decided on biobased plastics for their bottles (PET or PEF), but DuPont announces another competitor: PTF. Last month, it published its plans to construct a 60 ton/year ‘demonstration plant’ (rather a pilot plant, at this size) in Decatur, Illinois, USA. Not for PTF though, just for its component FDME.
‘Consumers will soon notice that the origin of everyday products is changing, with items such as clothing, shoes, water and soda bottles, and even automobile tyres being manufactured from plant-based rather than petroleum-based materials. This quiet revolution has been steadily moving to the market place.’ An optimistic note in the opening of chapter 5 of
‘The biobased economy might not seem to make much progress right now, because very few major developments are being announced. But behind the scenes, companies make spectacular progress, they will only announce it when they have covered it from all angles,’ according to Annita Westenbroek. Circular and biobased economy Annita Westenbroek is one of the
Last week, Reverdia and BioAmber announced that they signed a ‘non-assert agreement’. The companies are both involved in the production and commercialisation of biobased succinic acid. They agreed that BioAmber can make use of parts of Reverdia’s Biosuccinium™ technology, ‘in exchange for undisclosed financial consideration’. In our minds, a sound agreement that strengthens the development