Sunday, December 28, 2014

Latest Developments in biobased Nylons


Worldwide market for Nylons is forecasted to be $27B / year by 2018. There are many nylons   commercially available; most popular being Nylon 66 and Nylon 6   followed by specialty nylons. Rennovia's announcement of biobased C-6   diamine, along with Verdezyne's C-6 diacid promises to deliver a 100%   biobased Nylon 66. Other specialty nylons of the future from biobased   building blocks include N46, N410, N56, N510,N610, N612, N1010 and many   more. The presentation at the conference will exemplify the commercial developments in the   field of bio-derived di-acids.

 Bioplastics conference will be held at InterContinental on Biscayne Bay,Miami,Jan 28-30 2015.

More details via the link,

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

LANXESS Offers New PBT and PC+PBT Blend for Vehicle Exterior Body Parts

LANXESS sees great potential for the use of PBT and polyamide compounds in production of vehicle exterior body parts – for example bumpers, sills, front grilles, door handles, fuel tank flaps, spoilers and mirror housings. “That is why we are building up a wide range of Durethan and Pocan materials for this use segment. The development work is focusing on application-specific, optimized mechanical properties, as well as good surface qualities and good paintability,” says Frank Krause, design expert at LANXESS.

New PBT for fuel tank flaps — suitable for CDC and dimensionally stable

An innovative material for fuel tank flaps, for example, is Pocan B 5220 XF reinforced with a glass bead content of 20 percent. The product is an alternative to blends of polyphenylene ethers and polyamide (PPE+PA), which are often used in series-produced fuel tank flaps because they can be painted online. A disadvantage of such blends, however, is their high degree of moisture absorption, which has an undesirable effect on the required dimensional accuracy. PBT, by contrast, stands out by virtue of its high degree of dimensional stability. “Our Pocan B 5220 XF also withstands the usual temperatures required for cathodic dip coating (CDC). That means the part can be mounted to the vehicle body and go through online coating and the CDC process along with it, which yields savings on logistics and coating costs,” adds Krause. Mineral-filled PBT and PA compounds, on the other hand, which fuel tank flaps are also made of, are not suitable for CDC. 

LANXESS has intensively studied the new material's thermal expansion behavior, using fuel tank flaps that were produced on a series-production tool. “Even after one hour at 200 °C the expansion of the freely suspended parts was negligible,” says Krause. Another strength of the new PBT is the good surface quality and paintability, which is due to the absence of glass fibers in the material. Compared to similar glass bead-reinforced standard materials, its much improved melt flow properties and the approximately 50 percent greater toughness are especially noteworthy. 

New (PC+PBT) blend for radiator grilles

LANXESS specially developed Pocan TP 406-001 for radiator grilles. “The non-reinforced polycarbonate+PBT blend material was conceived primarily for parts with Class A surfaces, which are given a high-gloss coating,” Krause says. The material displays very low and uniform shrinkage and hardly any tendency to distortion at all. Thanks to the blend's extreme toughness even in cold temperatures, the radiator grille does not shatter into shards in the event of a collision, which helps protect nearby pedestrians. The high heat deflection temperature ensures that long, horizontal grille fins do not sag as a result of exposure to the radiator heat. 

For exterior bodywork parts that are not coated online, the LANXESS product line continues to feature materials including non-reinforced (PBT+PC) and (PET+PC) blends, and reinforced (PBT+PET) blends. A good choice for spoilers, for example, is Pocan TP 957-001, which consists of up to 25 percent post-consumer recyclate from PET bottles. The mineral-reinforced (PET+PC) blend is very impact-resistant and displays minimal distortion, among other properties. Durethan DP 2131/20 W1 EF, a heat-stabilized polyamide 6 with easy flow characteristics, is a great material for substructures of spoilers, exterior mirror housings and door handles. It provides non-coated exterior bodywork parts with excellent resistance to weathering.
Source: LANXESS 

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

TOYOTA on "Materials & Sustainable Society" @ BIOPLASTICS, Jan 28-30,Miami.

Toyota has taken various steps to reduce the weight of the vehicle by using carbon fiber, natural fiber and bioplastics in recent years.Toyota has introduced roof lining molded from a mixture of carbon and natural fibers. Injection molded air cleaner case by using Kenaf with PP. Like wise there are so many parts such as door trim,seat cushion,spare tire cover,tool box,scuff plates,trunk liner,headliners,sun visors,pillar covers,floor finish plate.Toyota also makes insulator parts (tunnel,floor carpett hood,apron,dash inner) from natural cotton fiber wastes. 

There are many research are taking place on various bio sourced materials in recent days.Nano-cellulose fiber based projects draw attention from the automakers now.

To know more about natural fiber bio-based monomer and polymer,pls mark your calender to attend this  worthy Bioplastics conference at InterContinental on Biscayne Bay,Miami,Jan 28-30 2015.
I strongly believe this conference brings out latest developments on Agricultual chemistries and make the world not fully depend on fossil based plastics anymore.This is going to be our life,future and food for all because this will enhance life style of our farmers too.We can make products even from biomass/waste too.

More details via the link

Monday, December 15, 2014

DSM’s Dyneema® UHMWPE Fiber Replaces Metal in Solar Panels to Provide Ballistic Protection

A new solar panel system for Defense Forces provides ballistic protection and is lighter and more portable than systems currently available. The PowerArmor™ unit from IDG Europe has low-reflectance solar panels protected by an anti-ballistic surface made in an exceptionally strong unidirectional fiber-reinforced composite.

The composite is based on an ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene fiber (UHMWPE) produced by DSM Dyneema and branded as Dyneema®, the world’s strongest fiber™. It replaces the aluminum normally used for portable solar panels, which provides no ballistic protection. IDG says this is the first time that solar panels have been given such a high level of ballistic protection. Panels made in Dyneema® also weigh around 20% less than aluminum panels of the same thickness.

DSM Dyneema and IDG Europe cooperated closely in IDG’s development of the dual-purpose system, intended to power electrical and electronic equipment used by armed forces in the field. The combination of ultra-light, low profile (anti-glare) solar panels and anti-ballistic panels with Dyneema® results in a system capable of providing energy and protection ranging from fragmentation to high-power rifle ammunition.

IDG Europe says that the switch from aluminum for the general-purpose stand-alone solar panels also meets calls from the market for lightweight units with high environmental resistance.

“As Defense Forces continue to carry more and more electronic systems into dangerous, inhospitable and isolated places, the need to keep portable electronic devices operable at all times in hostile environments is essential,” says Göran Johnson, CEO at IDG Europe. “With PowerArmor™, we think that we have a winning combination of solar panels that supply power and provide protection. We believe its chances are very good, especially as the two individual products were already being independently considered—and in some cases used in practice—by various Special Forces around the world.”

“Dyneema® offers the lightest armor protection materials in the market,” says David Cordova, Vice President Business Development for DSM Dyneema - Life Protection. “The combination of Dyneema® with the innovative low-glare IDG solar panels provides a unique value proposition to military personnel.”

IDG Europe introduced the PowerArmor™ concept at IESMA 2014, the conference and exhibition on Innovative Energy Solutions for Military Applications that took place in Vilnius, Lithuania, on November 12-14. IEASMA 2014 is organized by the NATO Energy Security Centre of Excellence, and the DELTA State Military Scientific Technical Center of the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia.

Source: DSM 

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Myriant, UPC & Sojitz Sign Development Agreement for Bio-succinic Acid Based Plasticizers

Myriant Corporation recently announced it has formed a three-way joint development agreement with UPC and Sojitz to promotebio-succinic acid based plasticizers. UPC Group, the global leading producer of plasticizers, will utilize Myriant's bio-succinic acid in the manufacture of bio-based, phthalate-free plasticizers. Simultaneously, the companies announced that Sojitz Corporation, Myriant's sales and marketing partner, will closely work with UPC in sales of UPC's branded bio-based plasticizers.

UPC aims to be a total service provider to the chemical industry including investing in new product development and innovative applications. Bio-based, phthalate-free plasticizers will meet the needs of those customers seeking high-performing, high-quality renewable chemicals to produce environmentally friendly products including plastics and plastic wraps.

"Increasingly, chemical manufacturers are turning to Myriant's bio-succinic acid as a key feedstock for producing high-value, bio-based specialty chemicals and bio-products," said David LeBlanc, Head of Global Sales and Marketing for Myriant. "We believe this significant recognition and increase in demand validates the quality of our product as well as our ability to be a reliable supplier of biochemicals to the petrochemicals industry."

"General and specialty plasticizers are the cornerstone of UPC's business and therefore, we pride ourselves on continual innovation to meet the dynamic needs of our customers," said CJ Maa, Senior Manager of Research & Development, Technical & Marketing Support Dept. at UPC Group. "There is a definitive increase in demand for bio-plasticizers as eco awareness becomes mainstream with consumers. As such, we evaluated several options for bio-succinic acid and ultimately, we selected Myriant for the quality and consistency of the product they produce."

"By establishing our partnership with UPC and Myriant for bio-plasticizers development, Sojitz is enhancing its presence in the 'green' chemicals industry in Asia," said Munehisa Osato, General Manager of Specialty Chemicals Dept. Chemicals Unit, Chemicals Division at Sojitz Corporation. "Bio-plasticizers made from Myriant's bio-succinic acid by UPC would be more eco-friendly, long sustainable products substitute to conventional plasticizers, delivering the good satisfaction to the market which is our aim and long term responsibility."

Source: Myriant Corporation 

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Global Bioenergies Succeeds in Producing Bio-sourced Butadiene Using Fermentation

Global Bioenergies (Alternext Paris: ALGBE) announces having succeeded in the production of bio-sourced butadiene by direct fermentation. It is the first time ever an entirely biological production process -i.e. without any chemical step- is reported for butadiene, one of the most important petrochemical building blocks. 

Butadiene is a key platform molecule of the petrochemical industry with a world-wide market of over 10 million metric tons per year. As of today, butadiene is exclusively obtained from fossil resources, principally through extraction from naphtha cracking. Given the decrease in naphtha cracking capacities, there is a need for alternative routes to butadiene.

In this context Global Bioenergies has signed in 2011 a collaboration agreement with Synthos (Warsaw Stock Exchange: SNS), a leader in the production of butadiene-derived rubber products, to develop a direct fermentation route allowing a cost-effective transformation of renewable resources into butadiene. Since such a direct biological route does not exist in nature, Global Bioenergies first had to invent a new metabolic pathway comprised of a series of non-natural enzymatic reactions. This step was successfully achieved in December 2012. 

The next step consisted in improving the activity of those enzymes and implementing them into a bacterial strain. 

Global Bioenergies recently announced having created such a proprietary production strain. This strain was placed in a lab-scale fermentation device, and upon the addition of glucose, the presence of butadiene in the off-gases was detected. This is the first time ever that the production of butadiene by direct fermentation from renewable resources has been reported. 

Chief Technology Officer Frédéric Pâques comments: “We now have in our hands a prototype process for the direct biological conversion of renewable resources into butadiene. We expect that this butadiene program will deploy in the next years as did our isobutene process, our most mature asset now operated in an industrial pilot. Direct fermentation of butadiene has major inherent advantages translating into better economics. We expect to demonstrate these in an industrial environment in the next few years.” 

Jarosław Rogoża, R&D Director & Member of the Board at Synthos adds: “We have joined this program in 2011 when it was still in the discovery stage and are very glad it has since then followed the planned trajectory. We consider that the program is now significantly de-risked. We are looking forward to see how the program will behave in the next phase, dedicated to the optimization and scale-up of the process.” 

Source: Global Bioenergies