The new Bio-BDO era: Novamont opens first commercial-scale facility for bio-based BDO

From Italy word has arrived that Novamont have opened the world’s first commercial-scale facility for the bio-based production of bio-based 1,4-butanediol, in Bottrighe (Adria),...

US Biobased Industry hits $393B in revenue, 4.22M jobs

In Washington, the USDA reports that the total contribution of the biobased products industry to the U.S. economy in 2014 was $393 billion in...

BASF, Avantium form landmark biobased chemicals JV

In the Netherlands, BASF and Avantium have formed a joint venture for the production and marketing of furandicarboxylic acid (FDCA), which is produced from...

Lanxess to acquire Chemtura for $2.69B

In Germany, Lanxess will acquire the US-based speciality chemical maker Chemtura, one of the major global providers of high-quality flame retardant and lubricant additives,...

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