AkzoNobel completes chemical island expansion, supports pulp industry in Brazil

AkzoNobel’s speciality chemicals business has completed the expansion of a chemical island in Brazil, to support a major project for Brazilian forestry company Fibria. The world’s leading producer of eucalyptus pulp from planted forests, Fibria has invested $2.2 billion to more than double pulp capacity at its mill in Tres Lagoas to 3.25 million tonnes per year. The expansion of the chemical island (a concept developed by AkzoNobel) includes the installation of a second chlorine dioxide plant, as well as increased space for storage and logistics. Read more


Singapore eDevelopment Ltd (SeD) said that US biomedical subsidiary Global BioLife Inc has developed a breakthrough low-calorie, low glycemic index, natural, modified sugar Laetose – which has the potential to affect the world’s sugar market. Global BioLife has established a collaboration with top US candy manufacturer Quality Candy Company LLC for the development, manufacture and global distribution of Laetose. Read more



BioAmber Inc (BIOA) has accepted the resignation of Fabrice Orecchioni as president and chief operating officer (COO). Orecchioni will be assuming an advisory role with BioAmber, supporting a series of strategic initiatives through to February 24, 2018. BioAmber appointed Orecchioni as its new president recently in Feb 2017. He succeeded Jean-Francois Huc who has resigned as the company’s president and CEO for personal reasons. Read more

Clariant has confirmed that White Tale Holdings, the biggest investor in Clariant, has increased its stake in Clariant in additional of 20 percent. This follows earlier mandatory notifications by White Tale Holdings to the Swiss Stock Exchange (SIX) regarding its holdings. Read more