Monday, December 28, 2015

Bio-on & SECI to Build Production Plant for PHA from Biodiesel Co-product Glycerol

An agreement signed by Bio-on and S.E.C.I. S.p.A. part of Gruppo Industriale Maccaferri holding, will see Italy's and world's first facility for the production of PHAs bioplastic from biodiesel production co-products, namely glycerol. The two companies, operating in sustainable biochemistry and industrial development of levulinic acid with Eridania Requiring a 55 million Euro investment from S.E.C.I. the facility will be located at an Eridania Sadam site and will be the world's most advanced plant producing PHAs biopolymers from glycerol. The new factory will need skilled personnel specialized in fermentation to produce this revolutionary bioplastic.

PHAs, or polyhydroxyalkanoates, are bioplastics that can replace a number of traditional polymers currently made with petrochemical processes using hydrocarbons. The PHAs developed by Bio-on guarantee the same thermo-mechanical properties with the advantage of being completely naturally biodegradable. Sadam, will work together to build a production site with a 5 thousand tons/year output, expandable to 10 thousand tons/year. 

"We are investing 4 million Euro in purchasing the license for this new technology developed by Bio-on," says Eridania Sadam Chairman Massimo Maccaferri, "because this all-natural bioplastic represents a technological challenge that can contribute towards the growth of our group in the new "green" chemistry industry, with an eco-compatible and eco-sustainable approach". 

"We will create Italy's first PHAs production plant from glycerol with one of Europe's most important industrial groups," explains Marco Astorri, Chairman of Bio-on S.p.A. 

The collaboration between Bio-on and S.E.C.I. S.p.A. today reaches an important milestone and finalizes another building block in the construction of the platform for bioplastic production in the future.


Sunday, December 13, 2015

Register on our new website today;our Discount Ends this DECEMBER

Dear All,
NOV 29: Leaders of 150 countries including President Obama, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg of the U.S. gathered in Paris and vowed to reduce the emission of planet-warming greenhouse gases. While most major corporations around the world have escalated their efforts in recent years on improving the "Environmental Impact & Sustainability" via several routes, some very intriguing technologies have emerged lately that convert the harmful greenhouse gases (CO2 and CH4) into useful products. These technologies have entered the commercial phase and will push the "Environment Protection & Sustainability" to levels never seen before; that is, first reduce the emissions and then "Further Reduction" by conversion to useful products. At this Feb 9-11 BioMass Conference, there is a session on "Waste & Greenhouse Gases as Raw Materials"; Dr. Yash Khannawill present an overview of such emerging-commercial technologies. 

For details visit our website below:
Re-Invention of Polymeric MaterialsFebruary 9-11, 2016Caesars PalaceLas Vegas, NV 89109, USA

Conference Chairman: Roger Avakian, VP-Scientific Develop, PolyOneOn October 27, 2014, President Obama announced BIO-BASED materials as 1-of-3 emerging technologies for U.S. competitiveness. As further national support, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow said "Biobased Manufacturing is the next jobs revolution in our country, and the one that Michigan is ready to lead". These actions reiterate therenewed spirit of innovation over the last 5 years in the field of Chemicals & Polymers based on BioMass vs traditional PetroChemicals. Join us on a journey through the world of "BioMass for Sustainable Future: Re-Invention of Polymeric Materials"; an adventure we have not seen in the chemical industry since the 1960's and it is rapidly evolving!
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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

BioChemicals & BioPolymers: Breadth of Raw Materials including Harmful Greenhouse GASES / WASTE(s);FEB 9-11

BioMass based POLYMERS, CHEMICALS and FUELS will be the theme at this event and you will get updated on how traditional as well as newer polymeric materials are being developed from renewable “BioMass”, various types of “Wastes” and “Greenhouse Gases” vs traditional PetroChemicals; thereby revolutionizing the Sustainability & Environmental landscape like never before.

More details @:

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Toray to Supply CF Prepreg to Boeing for Aircraft Production

Toray Industries, Inc. announced it has signed a comprehensive long-term agreement with The Boeing Company to supply carbon fiber TORAYCA® prepreg for the production of the new Boeing 777X aircraft, extending the existing supply agreement for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The new agreement extends the comprehensive agreement that was signed in November 2005 by more than 10 years from this year. The total value of prepreg Toray Group will supply for both 787 and 777X programs for the contract period is expected to exceed 1.3 trillion yen ($11 billion). 

Together with the extension, Toray has made a decision to invest approximately 50 billion yen in new construction of an integrated production line for yarn (precursor), high-performance carbon fiber TORAYCA® with an annual production capacity of 2,000 tons, and TORAYCA® prepreg in the new commercial premises it acquired in Spartanburg County, South Carolina. It represents the first phase of a planned 100 billion yen investment, as Toray seeks to expand its composite materials business in the U.S. The new facility will also be Toray’s first integrated production line for yarn (precursor), carbon fiber TORAYCA® and TORAYCA® prepreg in the U.S. 

Toray will commence production of yarn (precursor) in phases starting in May 2017, and plans to begin supplying TORAYCA® prepreg to Boeing in 2019, following certification. 

As for the 787, TORAYCA® prepreg has been used since the beginning for some of the primary structural materials, including the main wings and body. With Boeing planning to raise the number of 787 aircraft being produced every month from the current 10 planes to 12 per month in 2016 and 14 per month by the end of the decade, and the ratio of larger models also expected to increase, the demand for carbon fiber composite materials also is expected to increase significantly. 

The 777X aircraft is a large-sized, twin-engine passenger aircraft currently being developed by Boeing as a successor to the existing 777, with a plan to deliver the first plane in 2020. With the conclusion of the agreement announced today, Toray’s TORAYCA® prepreg has been officially selected for these main wings. 

Preparing for the planned 787 production increase to 12 planes a month, Toray has already been working to expand TORAYCA® prepreg production facilities at its U.S. subsidiary, Toray Composites (America), Inc., in Tacoma, Washington, and the new facilities there are expected to start operation in January 2016. The integrated production line to be constructed in Spartanburg County, South Carolina is intended to meet growing demand generated by Boeing’s plan to increase production of 787 aircraft to 14 per month as well as the 777X program. The new facility will confidently position Toray to provide Boeing with a stable supply of products. 

Toray plans to expand the production facilities in Spartanburg County, South Carolina in phases, as shipments for the 787 and 777X aircraft grow. 

Toray is aiming to drive an exponential increase in aerospace applications in the composite materials business under its new medium-term management program Project AP-G 2016, which was launched in April 2014. Toray will continue to expand its infrastructure to ensure a stable supply of TORAYCA® prepreg in line with Boeing’s plan to increase output, while increasing the sophistication of its composite materials business in the U.S. as revenues grow. 

Source: Toray 

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Perstorp Introduces Bio-based Renewable Capa™ for Bioplastics

Perstorp introduces renewable Capa™ for Bioplastics, the world’s first of its kind. This is a concept which builds on the Capa™ Lactide technology, which enables a high renewable content in combination with vast opportunities to develop products with optimized performance for different bioplastic applications. 

There is a strong trend towards sustainability and renewable material in the world. 1 Million plastic bags are used per minute throughout the year. Many of them end up in nature and stay there. By using Perstorp’s renewable Capa™ for Bioplastics those bags will biodegrade. 

“The challenge on the market has been to combine performance and biodegradability of the end application. With our renewable Capa™ concept we are redrawing the map by enabling products with high performing properties without compromising sustainability”, says Linda Zellner, Project Manager for Bioplastics. The renewable Capa™ concept enables freedom to design polymers that are flexible or hard, transparent or crystalline, tough or rigid and with a targeted melting point and polarity. Market indications show that these products are likely to deliver what many customers are looking for in terms of bio-based content and performance. Renewable Capa™ has been evaluated both in terms of compostability and bio-based content and is also certified as bio-based by the independent Belgian certification body Vinçotte. 

“This is a major milestone in delivering breakthrough technology to this important market for Perstorp,” says Marie Grönborg, Executive Vice President, Business Area Specialties & Solutions. “With this technology our customers can create solutions to keep a step ahead of the competition. We believe in the dynamic bioplastic market which still is young, fast growing and is looking for new innovations. With an annual estimated growth of 20% (European Bioplastics 2015), this is an exciting market for us to be in”, Marie Grönborg continues. 

Perstorp will continue to focus its efforts on three fast-growing bioplastic segments – paper coatings, bags and films, and packaging. It is already well established that Capa™ for Bioplastics is a biopolymer enhancer that offer stability and compatibility, improved mechanical properties, flexibility at low temperatures, and biodegradability. This effort is supported by Perstorp’s full industrial production and pilot facilities in Warrington, U.K. and its modern Swedish innovation center in Perstorp, for bioplastic formulations. 

Source: Perstorp 

ELIX Polymers Unveils NF-reinforced ABS Composite Apposite for 3D Printing

ELIX Polymers, among the leading specialists in ABS high performance materials, has introduced a new generation of natural fiber reinforced ABS. New ELIX ECO ABS-NF thermoplastic is highly suited for injection molding applications and specific extrusion processes, delivering a high aesthetical value to the final ABS-NF molded parts. Market applications include automotive and furniture markets. 

ELIX ECO ABS-NF can be processed without having to modify machines and offers a number of key benefits. These include high stiffness, heat resistance, low molding shrinkage ratios, low emissions and weight reduction when compared to glass fiber reinforced ABS. For example, ELIX ECO ABS-NF has a density of 1.12 compared to 1.15 for ABS-GF. The material has been also tested for 3D printing technology with impressive results, both in terms of processability and aesthetics. 

The development of ELIX Natural Fiber Reinforced ABS was undertaken under the auspices of the EEA and Norway Grants. This was the first time that a European ABS producer was given a European Grant for a project to investigate new sustainable ABS materials and composites. 

The EEA Grants and Norway Grants ( represent the contribution of Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway to reducing economic and social disparities and to strengthening bilateral relations with 16 EU countries in Central and Southern Europe and the Baltics. 

Introducing the new generation ABS polymer composite, David Castañeda, Operations Director and responsible for new products and Business Development, said: “We believe that this new material offers a range of sustainability benefits that meet current industry trends. At the same time, it underlines ELIX Polymers’ commitment to the establishment of a more environmentally sustainable product portfolio and establishes our company’s position as a leading supplier of eco-friendly ABS materials.” 

David Castañeda added: “The introduction of this new generation material fully fits our key objective: to expand the company’s portfolio of materials for eco-friendly manufacturing, greater sustainability and health impact awareness.” 

Source: ELIX Polymers 

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Forget Crude Oil Pricing; Compelling Reasons to Pursue BioMass Chemicals-to-Polymers Revolution: FEB 9-11

Just 5 years ago with oil at $150 a barrel, some stratagists were 
guestimating the world oil reserves depleting by 2050 and "Pursuit of Oil 
Independence" was the theme for most of the world. Today with crude at $45 
a barrel, is it fair to reverse the push for BioChemicals (vs 
PetroChemicals) ? Absolutely NO 
Reason 1-of-3: ENVIRONMENT; 2016 Presidential Candidates Support This Issue 
BioMass based POLYMERS, CHEMICALS and FUELS will be the theme at this event 
and you will get updated on how traditional as well as newer polymeric 
materials are being developed from renewable “BioMass”, various types of 
“Wastes” and “Greenhouse Gases” vs traditional PetroChemicals; thereby 
revolutionizing the Sustainability & Environmental landscape like never 
before ! 


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Metabolix Signs Stock Purchase Agreement with Aspire

Metabolix, Inc., an advanced biomaterials company focused on sustainable solutions for the plastics industry, announces that it has entered into a $20 million common stock purchase agreement with Aspire Capital Fund, LLC. Under terms of the agreement, Aspire has committed to purchase up to $20 million of Metabolix's common stock over a 30 month period beginning on the effective date of the registration statement relating to the transaction. Common stock may be sold from time to time at the company's option under a pricing formula based on prevailing market prices around the time of each sale. 

"The agreement with Aspire Capital provides us with a new way to access capital. Because we control the timing and pace of stock sales under the agreement, we can use this facility to opportunistically supplement other sources of capital as we continue to build our specialty biopolymers business over the next several years," said Joseph Shaulson, CEO and President of Metabolix. "We are pleased to welcome Aspire as a shareholder and look forward to having this additional flexibility in our capital structure." 

"We have been impressed with Metabolix's pivot from a commodity approach to one based on specialty applications for its high performance PHA biopolymer materials," said Steven G. Martin, Managing Member of Aspire Capital. "We look forward to providing Metabolix with access to additional capital to help support the successful execution of its business plan." 

Terms of the Aspire Capital Financing Agreement Include: 
Metabolix controls the timing and amount of all sales of common stock under the agreement 
Aspire Capital has no right to require any sale of shares by Metabolix, but is obligated to make purchases as Metabolix directs in accordance with the agreement 
There are no limitations on use of proceeds, financial covenants, restrictions on future financings, rights of first refusal, participation rights, penalties or liquidated damages 
Aspire Capital has agreed not to hedge or short Metabolix stock; and 
The agreement may be terminated by Metabolix at any time, at its discretion, without cost or penalty 
Metabolix plans to use the net proceeds from any sale of common stock under the agreement for general corporate purposes and working capital requirements. 

In connection with the transaction, Metabolix also entered into a registration rights agreement with Aspire Capital that requires Metabolix to file a registration statement covering Aspire Capital's sale of shares acquired under the agreement. Metabolix issued 300,000 shares of its common stock to Aspire Capital as a commitment fee under the purchase agreement. A more complete and detailed description of the purchase agreement and registration rights agreement is set forth in Metabolix's Current Report on Form 8-K filed today with the SEC. 

This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities nor will there be any sale of these securities in any state or other jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or other jurisdiction. 

Source: Metabolix 

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

BioMass CHEMICALS-to-POLYMERS Revolution; Las Vegas, FEB 9-11, 2016

Bio based materials finds it application in various industry in the recent days.From waste to various bio-monomer and bio-polymer have been produced as the producers finds various options of feedstocks which even leads carbohydrates into PLA and Crude palm oil to PHA and others. 
The world's first bioplastic touchscreen computer offers very good heat and scratch resistance with improved impact resistance and high dimensional stability. 

*BioMass for Sustainable Future* 

*Re-Invention of Polymeric Materials* 

We are pleased to announce our 6th conference on BioMass: 


Las Vegas, USA, February 9-11, 2016 


On October 27, 2014, President Obama announced BIO-BASED materials as 
1-of-3 emerging technologies for U.S. competitiveness. Such actions by the 
Governments around the world & private sector leadership have renewed the 
spirit of innovation over the last 5-7 years in the field of Chemicals & 
Polymers based on BioMass vs traditional PetroChemicals. However, a recent 
decline in crude oil prices has dampened the enthusiasm to an 
"Unjustifiable Extent" 

Join us on a journey through the world of " 

*BioMass for Sustainable Future: Re-Invention of Polymeric Materials*" to 
witness the progress towards shaping the future of Chemicals & Polymers; 
there are compelling reasons to be a part of *BioMass revolution... 
regardless of the crude oil prices!* 

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*Feb 9 - PM: Optional Pre-Conference Course* 

Introduction to BioPlastics: Orientation 101 

BioPlastics: a Crash-Course on State-of-the-Industry 

*Feb 10-11: Main Conference* 

Session I: 

*BioRefineries-the Next Mega-Industry: * 

*U.S. Government & Private Sector Leadership* 

Session II: 

*BioPolymer Formulations in MarketPlace Today: * 

*Engineered via Blends, Alloys & Modifiers* 

Session III: 

*Brand-Owners: * 

*Creating Market-Pull for Biobased Products* 

Session IV: 

*Renewable Building Block PLATFORMS for Traditional & Newer Polymers* 

- Polyolefins 
- Polyesters 
- Nylons 
- Polycarbonates 
- Polyurethanes 
- Thermosets 

Session V: 

*BioMass WASTE & Geenhouse GASES as Platform: Plastics, Polymer 
Intermediates & BioFuels* 

- PHA Plastic from Various Wastes 
- BioFuels from Various Wastes 

Thursday, October 1, 2015

BASF and Genomatica Expand License Agreement for Production of Renewable BDO

BASF and Genomatica have expanded the scope of their license agreement for the production of 1,4-butanediol based on renewable feedstock (renewable BDO) using Genomatica’s patented process. The parties added certain countries in Southeast Asia to their initial agreement, which focused on North America. 

The license agreement allows BASF to build a world-scale production facility that will use the Genomatica process to manufacture renewable BDO. BASF has secured rights to allow production of up to 75,000 tons per year. Under the terms of the agreement, Genomatica will continue to advance its patented GENO BDO™ process technology for the production of renewable BDO. The process, which includes a single-step fermentation, can be based on dextrose or sucrose as renewable feedstock. It was agreed not to disclose financial details of the license contract. 

BASF has produced commercial volumes of renewable BDO, offering it to customers for testing and commercial use. The quality of this BDO is comparable to petrochemical-based BDO. BASF also expanded its portfolio by producing and offering Polytetrahydrofuran (PolyTHF®) made from renewable BDO. 

“We are happy to expand our license agreement with Genomatica to the dynamic Asia-Pacific region,” said Stefan Blank, President of BASF’s Intermediates division, and added: “we appreciate Genomatica’s openness to give BASF greater flexibility to add BDO from renewable feedstock to our portfolio and to respond to market requirements.” 

"We’re delighted to provide BASF with these additional license rights for our GENO™ technology,” said Christophe Schilling, CEO of Genomatica. “We look forward to seeing our technology deliver sustainability benefits to our business partners, and through them, to end-users of everyday products.” 

BDO and its derivatives are used for producing plastics, solvents, electronic chemicals and elastic fibers for the packaging, automotive, textile, and sports and leisure industries, among others. BASF currently produces BDO and BDO equivalents at its sites in Ludwigshafen, Germany; Geismar, Louisiana; Chiba, Japan; Kuantan, Malaysia; and Caojing, China. BASF announced it would increase its global capacities for BDO to 650,000 metric tons and for PolyTHF to 350,000 metric tons by the end of 2015, and beginning of 2016, respectively. 

Source: Genomatica 

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Primary structural component of A350 cabin doors are made with PEEK polymer

Airbus Helicopters is replacing aluminum in a fitting in the aircraft door of the Airbus A350-900 with a high-modulus, carbon fiber-reinforced high performance polymer. 

The brackets, now manufactured from Victrex PEEK 90HMF40, has been developed by Airbus Helicopters and is in serial production for commercial use after receiving the relevant component qualification. The successful substitution of metal has resulted in a 40% reduction in weight and costs. The injection-molded polymer solution replaces the higher cost manufacture of the bracket machined from an aluminum block. 

The fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) structure of the A350 XWB’s aircraft door uses an outer skin coupled with a bracing structure on the inside. A fitting, now manufactured from PEEK thermoplastic, connects the outer skin to points on the internal bracing structure. The two components form a box-type support structure to exploit the maximum geometrical moment of inertia. 

By using the carbon fiber reinforced high performance PEEK polymer instead of the aluminium previously used, Airbus Helicopters has successfully manufactured an equivalent component that provides a range of benefits. Weight and production costs have each been reduced by 40%. In addition, joining the PEEK component, instead of an aluminum component, to a thermoset makes drilling much easier. Optimized carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) drills improves the quality of the holes compared with the previous solution. 

Specified by Airbus, Victrex PEEK 90HMF40 easily withstands the moisture that continuously accumulates inside aircraft doors, whereas aluminium, which is prone to corrosion, needed a special surface coating to prevent corrosion. 

In the aerospace business, the “design and build” process, e.g. development in accordance with a given specification, is a possible option for producing structural components. In this process, the developer has additional freedom in matters such as the selection of materials. 

“90HMF40 is a special high performance thermoplastic which is also suitable for load bearing structural components as now used for the first time in the Airbus A350-900 and therefore in regular airline operations. This first application is certain to be quickly followed by others”, explains Uwe Marburger, Aerospace Business Development Manager at Victrex. Operating worldwide, the UK-based company has over 35 years’ experience and offers not only solutions based on polyaryletherketones (PAEK), but also consistent product quality, as well as security of supply. 

Aerospace designers and manufacturers benefit from the use of Victrex PEEK 90HMF40. This high-performance polymer with high-modulus fibers (HMF) is based on the Victrex 90-Series polyaryletherketone, which is primarily used in very thin-walled injection molded components. High strength components can be manufactured from this free flowing, easily processed material. Its properties cannot be matched by those of the standard grades. For example, 90HMF40 has up to 100 times longer fatigue life and up to 20% greater specific strength and stiffness than aluminum 7075-T6 under the same conditions. 

Friday, September 25, 2015

KU Leuven Researchers Develop Tech. to Produce PLA from Maize

Biodegradable drinking cups or vegetable wrapping foil: the bioplastic known as polylactic acid (PLA) is already a part of our everyday lives. And yet, PLA is not yet considered a full alternative to traditional petroleum-based plastics, as it is costly to produce. Researchers from the KU Leuven Centre for Surface Chemistry and Catalysis now present a way to make the PLA production process more simple and waste-free. Their findings were published in Science. 

The bioplastic PLA is derived from renewable resources, including the sugar in maize and sugarcane. Fermentation turns the sugar into lactic acid, which in turn is a building block for polylactic acid. PLA degrades after a number of years in certain environments. If it is collected and sorted correctly, it is both industrially compostable and recyclable. In addition, PLA is biocompatible and thus suitable for medical use, for instance in absorbable suture threads. PLA is also one of the few plastics that are suitable for 3D printing. 

However, PLA is not yet a full alternative for petroleum-based plastics due to its cost. The production process for PLA is expensive because of the intermediary steps. “First, lactic acid is fed into a reactor and converted into a type of pre-plastic under high temperature and in a vacuum”, Professor Bert Sels from the Centre for Surface Chemistry and Catalysis explains. “This is an expensive process. The pre-plastic – a low-quality plastic – is then broken down into building blocks for PLA. In other words, you are first producing an inferior plastic before you end up with a high-quality plastic. And even though PLA is considered a green plastic, the various intermediary steps in the production process still require metals and produce waste.” 

The KU Leuven researchers developed a new technique. “We have applied a petrochemical concept to biomass”, says postdoctoral researcher Michiel Dusselier. “We speed up and guide the chemical process in the reactor with a zeolite as a catalyst. Zeolites are porous minerals. By selecting a specific type on the basis of its pore shape, we were able to convert lactic acid directly into the building blocks for PLA without making the larger by-products that do not fit into the zeolite pores. Our new method has several advantages compared to the traditional technique: we produce more PLA with less waste and without using metals. In addition, the production process is cheaper, because we can skip a step”. 

Professor Sels is confident that the new technology will soon take hold. “The KU Leuven patent on our discovery was recently sold to a chemical company that intends to apply the production process on an industrial scale. Of course, PLA will never fully replace petroleum-based plastics. For one thing, some objects, such as toilet drain pipes, are not meant to be biodegradable. And it is not our intention to promote disposable plastic. But products made of PLA can now become cheaper and greener. Our method is a great example of how the chemical industry and biotechnology can join forces”. 

Source: KU Leuven 

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Celanese Introduces PPS Engineering Polymer Grades for Automotive in Japan

Celanese Corporation (NYSE: CE), a global technology and specialty materials company, announces the introduction of Celanese® Polyphenylene Sulfide (PPS) to the Japanese market to meet the demanding product quality and materials specification needs of automotive customers in the country. 

“Celanese® PPS is a highly stable and durable polymer and is a primary reason why customers in the Japanese automotive industry, among others, specify parts made from this material,” said Hajime Suzuki, Celanese managing director for Japan. “We see tremendous growth potential for a PPS polymer solution, and we are excited to bring our technical knowledge, processing expertise and product offering to regional and global OEM customers who call Japan their home.” 

Celanese® PPS is a semi-crystalline polymer often used to replace metals and thermosets in various automotive, electrical/electronics, aerospace, fluid handling, and industrial and consumer applications. 

Celanese will offer the following PPS grades in Japan: 

• Celanese® ICE PPS - ICE (Improved Crystallization Evolution) grades are part of the PPS semi-crystalline polymer family that features exceptionally high temperature performance up to 240 degrees Celsius (464 degrees Fahrenheit); outstanding resistance to fuels, oils and solvents; excellent hardness, stiffness and dimensional stability; and inherent flame-resistance. ICE grades use an innovative platform technology developed by Celanese material scientists to deliver material properties that are equivalent to or better than standard injection molding PPS grades - and at the same time, significantly improve the processing characteristics. 

• Celanese® Flex PPS - offers excellent thermal, chemical and permeation resistance, contains no plasticizers and can be tailored to meet customer requirements. Celanese® Flex PPS is an exceptional material selection for under-hood automotive applications where flexible tubing requirements help engineers and designers meet the engine “packaging” requirements of today’s high performance turbo engines where space constraints test the limits of inferior engineered polymer materials. 

Celanese manufactures PPS using advanced polymer technology and processes. This engineered material is designed to excel at high continuous-use, under-hood temperatures. Celanese® PPS offers excellent dimensional stability, inherent flame resistance and broad chemical resistance - including automotive/aircraft fuels and fluids, strong acids and bases (pH 2 to 12) - even at elevated temperatures up to 240 degrees Celsius (464 degrees Fahrenheit). 

Source: Celanese Corporation 

Monday, September 14, 2015

Airbus officially opens US manufacturing facility

The plant – which assembles the family of A319s, A320s and A321s – is officially open for business, with a skilled team of more than 250 Airbus manufacturing employees now at work on the first US-made Airbus aircraft. 

In an anticipated ceremony in Mobile, Alabama, Airbus inaugurated operations at its first ever US manufacturing facility. 

“The Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility enables us to grow our already significant presence in America – the largest single-aisle aircraft market in the world – and to be closer to our U.S. customers and key supplier partners. At the same time, the expanded industrial capacity gives us more flexibility to increase production across Airbus to meet global demand. The U.S. facility is good news for the overall Airbus enterprise, as this greater production capacity creates global growth opportunities across the company and throughout our supply chain.” said Airbus President and CEO Fabrice Brégier. 

Airbus announced plans for the $600 million U.S. manufacturing facility in 2012, and construction began at the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley the following year. The first U.S.-made Airbus commercial aircraft – an A321 – is scheduled for delivery next spring. By 2018, the facility will produce between 40 and 50 single-aisle aircraft per year. Airbus’ market forecast indicates a demand over the next 20 years (from all manufacturers) for some 4,700 single-aisle aircraft in North America alone. 

Fabrice Brégier and members of the new Airbus workforce in Mobile were joined at the inaugural ceremony by Airbus Group CEO Tom Enders, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley, Senator Jeff Sessions, Congressman Bradley Byrne, and scores of other dignitaries, airline and aerospace executives, and local leaders. The industry- and community-wide event convened under the theme, “Let’s Get to Work – Together!” and culminated in the ceremonial placement of a placard on a component of the first aircraft to be produced in Mobile. The placard reads, “This aircraft proudly made in the U.S.A. by the worldwide team from Airbus.” 

The Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility joins several other Airbus and Airbus Group operations across the United States, including for example Airbus engineering offices in Alabama (Mobile) and Kansas (Wichita); an Airbus training centre in Florida (Miami); Airbus Defence & Space Military Aircraft facility in Alabama (Mobile); Airbus Helicopters factories and operations in Mississippi (Columbus) and Texas (Grand Prairie); and aircraft spares facilities in Georgia (Atlanta), Florida (Miami) and Virginia (Ashburn). The U.S. headquarters of Airbus, Airbus Defence & Space, and Airbus Group are located in Herndon, Virginia, while Airbus’ Latin America headquarters is located in Miami. Airbus and Airbus Group are major customers of other U.S. aerospace companies as well, having purchased $16.5 billion of components and materials from American suppliers last year alone. 

The establishment of the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility doubles the number of manufacturers of large commercial aircraft in the United States, creating jobs, expanding skills, and establishing a new aerospace centre of competence on the U.S. Gulf Coast. In addition to the new Alabama manufacturing site, Airbus assembles commercial aircraft at modern facilities in Hamburg (Germany), Tianjin (China) and Toulouse (France). 


Tuesday, September 8, 2015

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Friday, August 28, 2015

Iowa State University to Start Biopolymer Processing Plant Worth USD 5.3 Mn

 Eric Cochran led the way, counterclockwise, from one 500-gallon industrial tank to another and then another. By the time he got to the 1,300-gallon holding tank at the end he had explained how Iowa State University engineers are producing bio-polymers from soybean oil.
And he was showing how, with support from an industrial partner, they’re about to ramp up bio-polymer production to the pilot-plant scale.

The research and development at that scale is made possible by a new $5. 3 million Bio-Polymer Processing Facility located at Iowa State’s BioCentury Research Farm just west of Ames. The facility was built by Argo Genesis Chemical LLC, a sister company to Seneca Petroleum Co. Inc., of Crestwood, Illinois. The facility was turned over to Iowa State University on July 31. It will be formally dedicated on Aug. 26. The target date to begin production is Sept. 1.

The huge tanks, the steel frame and all the tubes, pipes, hoses and wires connecting everything are a long way from the round-bottom flasks used by Iowa State’s Cochran and Christopher Williams to develop a process that converts soybean oil into thermoplastics. Those are soft, rubbery polymers that can be melted and re-formed over and over again.

Cochran, an associate professor of chemical and biological engineering, and Williams, the Gerald and Audrey Olson Professor in Civil Engineering and manager of the Institute for Transportation’s Asphalt Materials and Pavements Program, started their project in 2010 in a Sweeney Hall lab. 

Within a year they were making a few grams of biorenewable polymers from soybean oil, acrylic acid and a chemical process called atom transfer radical polymerization.

Now, after 18 months of designing and building, there’s a facility that uses their technology to make about 1,000 pounds of bio-polymers per day.

“This is new territory for us,” Cochran said. “This actually feels like a chemical plant. We’re working to scale up these processes and turn them into commercial products.” Williams said taking the process from the lab to the pilot scale is all about “de-risking” the technology for companies that could be interested in producing hundreds of thousands of tons of bio-polymers a year.

Donald Sjogren, the specialty products manager for Seneca Petroleum and assistant to the manager for Argo Genesis Chemical, said the company was the first in the Midwest to add petroleum-based polymers to asphalt in the early 1990s. The idea was to add longevity and resilience to asphalt pavements and create a competitive advantage.

With the hope of eventually replacing the petroleum-based polymers in its asphalt with biorenewable ones, the company supported the laboratory work of Cochran and Williams. As the technology came together, the company licensed it from the Iowa State University Research Foundation and agreed to build a pilot-scale facility.

“We’re always interested in being the first in the industry to bring a biorenewable aspect to our products,” Sjogren said. “We are already working with the university on the next generations of these technologies.”

Once the facility is up and running, Sjogren said he expects high demand for asphalt mixed with the bio-polymers. He said there could be five test projects as early as next summer.

Williams and Cochran said the bio-polymers will also be tested for use in adhesives, coatings and packing materials.

“The goal of all the partners here is to work together to take this technology to expedited commercialization,” Sjogren said. 

Source: Iowa State University

Thursday, August 27, 2015

TerraVerdae Marks a Significant Milestone in Biobased PHA Production

TerraVerdae BioWorks Inc, an industrial biotechnology company developing advanced bioplastics and performance biomaterials from environmentally sustainable sources, announced that it has reached a major milestone—creation of its proprietary technology at a commercial scale. It has completed the scale-up optimization of its process to produce biodegradable PHA bioplastics from waste-derived methanol. 

Funded by a major grant from Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions, TerraVerdae’s process uses “green” methanol from, forestry, municipal, agricultural or industrial waste sources, instead of petroleum or sugar-based sources. The bioprocess produces polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA), a biobased and biodegradable bioplastic that is the starting material for a range of advanced biomaterials utilized in a variety of applications and markets. 

“Our C1 based bioprocess represents a paradigm shift in economics and sustainability compared to traditional food or sugar-based bioprocesses,” said William Bardosh, CEO and founder of TerraVerdae BioWorks. “Successfully reaching this milestone is an important step to our ultimate goal of full commercial production of next generation industrial materials that are sustainable and engineered for performance applications.” 

The project optimized the process robustness and demonstrated the industrial scale economics of integrated methanol and PHA production to achieve productivity and competitiveness for commercial deployment. 

“Our C1 based bioprocess is very adaptable to a variety of high performance biomaterials,” continued Bardosh. “The first of our products using this technology, biodegradable microspheres, are a natural substitute for plastic microbeads commonly used in personal care and cosmetic products like toothpaste and body scrubs. We are also developing a range of additional performance products for the $200 billion global bioproducts market, including biodegradable 3D printing filaments, specialty films and performance coatings.” 

Source: TerraVerdae BioWorks 

Friday, August 21, 2015

Polymer Failure & Defects: Case-Histories of Problem Solving

This uniquely practical and industry’s UN-RIVALED course, to be offered in Atlanta, GA, USA, SEPT 22-24, 2015, “Polymer Failure & Defects: Problem Solving Case-Histories” has been attended by 500+ participants with representation from premier global companies. A highlight of the course is the presentation of 50+ Case-Histories of $MM business impact via skilled investigation of problems; solutions backed by PATENTS, PUBLICATIONS in prestigious journals & documented COMMERCIAL VALUE. There will be a major presentation on “How to Identify Innovation Opportunities During Routine Technical Operations”. 

EXAMPLE #1: During occasional longer breaks, the extruder froze resulting in lengthy tear-downs & cleaning, thus adversely affecting the productivity. "Melt-Polycondensation" was established as the root-cause. Rather than changing the “near Impossible” manufacturing process for the plastic resin, a change in lubricant system with an unexpected catalytic effect, solved the problem. The Case-History leading to $10M+ in preserved business will be discussed including technical fundamentals & product development. 

EXAMPLE #2: Multi-layered film upon shipping from Location-A to the Location-B shrank consistently by 0.5% along the TD creating "Nipping" problems during thermoforming. Upon returning the reject lots back to Location-A, only 0.2% shrinkage was identified, consistently. Both measurements were correct, although different. After understanding the root-cause, solution was based on handling the reversible effect of %RH differences at the A vs B locations and the irreversible effect of post-crystallization before slitting at Location-A. 

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

MHG Announces Large Scale PHA Production Using 1st Commercial Scale Fermenter

MHG’s Chief Executive Officer, Paul A. Pereira announced the company has become the world’s largest producer of PHA with the startup of their first commercial scale fermenter. This event, along with an advanced technology platform, continues to place MHG at the forefront of the bioplastics industry. 

This new fermentation vessel places MHG in an ideal position to meet the product delivery needs of their manufacturing customers worldwide. MHG has been working over the last couple years to ramp up the Bainbridge facility and in 2013, they brought in a world-class engineering and construction group to design and build out the plant. This expansion included the ordering and installation of custom equipment that will allow MHG to produce even greater quantities of PHA in the near future. 

“Every single person, whether they are inland or on the coast has been affected in some way by plastic debris,” remarked Pereira. “The plastic we have seen and touched will be there for several generations, adversely affecting our environment. At MHG, we believe PHA is the solution for a healthier planet and operating this new fermentation vessel will allow us to increase production of this solution to combat the problem of plastic waste.” 

MHG previously partnered with Tate & Lyle, global provider of specialty ingredients and solutions to test the scalability of Nodax™ PHA. The production rates and titers achieved exceeded the metrics needed for commercial production viability. This confirmed that MHG’s PHA can be scaled for commercialization. 

MHG’s PHA possesses properties that perform equal to, if not better than, most petrochemical plastics. Due to its unique molecular structure, MHG’s PHA can be custom formulated to create different types of polymers based on the specific purposes and client’s needs. The PHA can be used to manufacture many items commonly made of petroleum plastics including toys, cups, straws, utensils, single use plastic bags and many other disposable items that are entering the waste streams worldwide. Because products manufactured from NodaxTM PHA biodegrade in three months to one year, they provide a solution to plastic pollution and accumulation when used instead of conventional plastic. 

MHG’s PHA has been certified to degrade in soil, fresh water, marine water, industrial compost and home compost by Vinçotte International. The PHA is also approved for food substance contact by the FDA. 

In addition to this new piece of customized equipment, MHG will be presenting at the International Conference on Biopolymers and Bioplastics, which will be taking place August 10th through the 12th in San Francisco. 

Source: MHG 

Monday, August 10, 2015

General Motors uses advanced composites from CSP in its 2016 Chevrolet Corvette

“Through a joint continuous improvement effort, Chevrolet and CSP have significantly reduced the density of the Corvette body panels – from 1.9 specific gravity for the 2013 model year, to 1.6 specific gravity for the 2014 model year to 1.2 for the 2016 model year,” said Christopher Basela, Lead Engineer for Corvette Body Composites. 

The mass savings afforded by TCA Ultra Lite is accomplished through the use of a CSP-patented technology that uses treated glass bubbles to replace some of the calciumc carbonate filler, resulting in a lighter density material. On the C7, a total of 21 body panel assemblies, including doors, decklids, quarter panels and fenders, are molded from TCA Ultra Lite. 

When combined with CSP’s patented vacuum and bonding manufacturing processes, TCA Ultra Lite offers a premium Class A finish with paint and gloss qualities comparable to metals, including aluminum. The material is able to withstand the E-coat process, and passes all OEM paint tests. It also offers reduced costs at all volumes – and for production volumes under 150,000, tooling costs for composites can be as much as 50 to 70 percent less than those for stamping steel or aluminum. 


Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Bio-on and Cristal Union build France’s first facility for the production of PHAs bioplastic

An agreement signed yesterday by Italian biotech company Bio-on and Cristal Union will see France’s first facility for the production of PHAs bioplastic from sugar beet co-products.
The two companies, operating in sustainable biochemistry and sugar, alcohol and bioethanol production, will work together to build a production site with a 5 thousand tons/year output, expandable to 10 thousand tons/year.

Requiring a 70 million euro investment, the facility will be located at a Cristal Union site and will be the most advanced biopolymers production site in the world. The new factory will create 50 new jobs specialised in fermentation to produce this revolutionary bioplastic.

PHAs, or polyhydroxyalkanoates, are bioplastics that can replace a number of traditional polymers currently made with petrochemical processes using hydrocarbons. The PHAs developed by Bio-on guarantee the same thermo-mechanical properties with the advantage of being completely naturally biodegradable.“We are investing in purchasing the license for this new technology developed by Bio-on,” says Cristal Union CEO Alain Commisaire, “because this all-natural bioplastic is an extraordinary tool that can contribute towards the growth of the French sugar industry, but with a modern, eco-compatible and eco-sustainable approach”.

“We will create Europe’s first PHAs production facility with France’s leading sugar production and trading company,” explains Bio-on S.p.A. Chairman Marco Astorri.

“We have granted the first technological license in line with our expectations and will also be creating a cutting-edge collaboration for management and development of the promising high-performing biopolymers business developed by Bio-on S.p.A. and produced in France by Cristal Union”.The collaboration between Bio-on and Cristal Union reaches an important milestone and adds another building block in the construction of the platform for bioplastic production in the future.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

$2 Million federal grant awarded for Port Angeles Composite Recycling Technology Center

The U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration announced a $2 million grant to the Port of Port Angeles to retrofit a building that will house the industrial and workforce training facilities for the Composite Recycling Technology Center (CRTC). 

“The Obama Administration has taken unprecedented steps to support workforce development and green initiatives and is deeply committed to strengthening America’s workforce and protecting the environment,” said Secretary Pritzker in the U.S. Department of Commerce news release. “This EDA investment supports recycling and environmental stewardship and will provide critical job training in Washington.” 

This federal grant was made possible by a $1 million commitment from the Washington State Clean Energy Fund, combined with an additional $1 million in local government funds for the needed dollar-for-dollar match. 

"This $2 million federal grant brings the Composite Recycling Technology Center one step closer to its goal of converting composite waste materials from our state’s advanced manufacturers into innovative new products,” Governor Jay Inslee said. “I’m pleased that our Clean Energy Fund matching grant contributed to this important funding milestone for the center. This is a tremendous example of a community with a vision for how clean technology will create jobs and opportunity to secure its economic future.” 

The Washington Legislature this year approved $40 million for 2015-17 Clean Energy Fund 2. The CRTC plans to apply for $1.35M in equipment funding, to be matched with local funding sources, to complete the final funding package needed for the CRTC to become operational. 

"Washington is already leading in carbon fiber production. Now we want to lead in carbon fiber recycling,” Senator Cantwell said. “Port Angeles is leading the way, and the Department of Commerce grant will help this community solve some of the recycling challenges,". Senator Cantwell has proposed S. 1432, the Carbon Fiber Recycling Act of 2015 (bill text and bill summary, to study technology and energy savings of recycled carbon fiber and directs the Department of Energy to collaborate with the automotive and aviation industry to develop a recycled carbon fiber demonstration project. At the hearing for this bill in front of the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Sen. Cantwell commended the Port for their leadership and vision in converting a displaced workforce and unused facilities into an innovative market that is creating local jobs, reducing landfill waste and saving energy by recycling scrap fibers. According to Sen. Cantwell’s opening statement; “The commissioner and her colleagues are working on innovations in composite materials that help improve fuel efficiency, whether we’re talking about automobiles or aerospace—and that market is expected to grow to $26 billion by next year.” 

“I’m proud to support the Port of Port Angeles in their work to provide workforce training and economic growth in the region in an innovative way,” said Senator Murray. “This investment in the Composite Recycling Technology Center will help support the Port's efforts to lay down a strong foundation for long-term economic growth and job creation that would benefit the community, the environment, and the local economy.” 

“This investment is recognition that our region is ready to be a hub for composite breakthroughs” said Representative Derek Kilmer. “When the new facility opens its doors it will help us grow quality jobs and show the rest of the nation how we can turn yesterday’s recycled parts into tomorrow’s advanced products. Everyone involved had their oars in the water, everyone rowed in the same direction. As a result, now we are seeing progress for the community.” 

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