Chemists synthesis biorenewable, biodegradable plastic alternative

Chemists synthesis biorenewable, biodegradable plastic alternative

Colorado State University polymer chemists have taken another step toward a future of high-performance, biorenewable, biodegradable plastics. The team led by Professor of Chemistry Eugene Chen describes chemical synthesis of a polymer called bacterial poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) ­– or P3HB. The compound shows early promise as a substitute for petroleum plastics in major industrial uses. The research is published in the journal Nature Communications. P3HB is a biomaterial, typically produced by bacteria, algae and other microorganisms, and is used in some biomedical applications. Read More


Brenntag AG has signed an agreement with Canada Colors and Chemicals Ltd to acquire the company’s chemicals distribution business (CCC). Headquartered in Toronto, CCC offers a full-line portfolio with operations in the main industrial areas across all of Canada. CCC serves a highly diversified customer base in industries such as life sciences, water treatment, coatings, construction, energy and mining. CCC maintains well-invested, scalable and flexible facilities across Canada to store, blend and package industrial and specialty chemicals and products. Read More


Arlanxeo said that it is strengthening its position as the world’s leading manufacturer of synthetic rubber. Over the next three years, Arlanxeo will invest euro mid-double-digit million to modernize its production sites in Triunfo, Brazil and La Wantzenau, France.  Triunfo facility in Brazil: In Brazil Arlanxeo is investing in its facility in Triunfo, Rio Grande do Sul, to make the production of polybutadiene rubber (PBR) more flexible. Currently, emulsion styrene-butadiene rubber (E-SBR), which is mainly used in car and truck tires, is produced there. Read More


Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited (IVL) has entered into an agreement to acquire Kordarna Plus as, the largest producer of tire cord fabrics in Europe. The Kordarna acquisition from Jet Investment includes one production site in the Czech Republic and one in Slovakia, with a combined tire cord and technical fabrics production capacity of 50,000 tonnes per annum (tpa). The company employs 786 employees. The transaction is expected to be completed during the second half of 2018. Tire cord fabrics (TCF) represent about 75 percent of Kordarna’s sales. Kordarna has a broad customer base and long-established relationship with major global tire companies. Read More