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Promising biobased alternatives to polar aprotic solvents

07-Dec-2017

A report from Wageningen Food & Biobased Research commissioned by RIVM (the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment) has revealed a number of promising biobased alternatives to the controversial polar aprotic solvents NMP, DMAc and DMF. Wageningen Food & Biobased Research ...

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€10 million for developing sustainable raw materials for chemical industry

01-Dec-2017

The province of Noord-Brabant, TNO, ECN and the Flemish VITO are jointly investing €10 million in the development of bio-aromatics: sustainable raw materials for the chemical industry. Shared Research Center Biorizon will use the funds to finance various projects designed to bring the ultimate ...

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Tyre rubber from dandelions

12-Sep-2017

Vredestein showed a prototype of its Fortezza Flower Power at the Eurobike exhibition in Friedrichshafen in August. This innovative road tyre is made of rubber extracted from the roots of dandelions. The prototype is the result of a EU joint initiative in which Vredestein and Wageningen ...

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BASF acquires filament producer Innofil3D

21-Aug-2017

BASF New Business has acquired 100% of the filament producer Innofil3D, headquartered in Emmen, Netherlands. Approval from antitrust authorities is not required. “With this acquisition, BASF is moving one step further along the value chain and can now provide not only plastic granulate for 3D ...

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AkzoNobel CEO steps down with immediate effect

Thierry Vanlancker announced as new CEO of AkzoNobel

20-Jul-2017

AkzoNobel announces that Chief Executive Ton Büchner steps down with immediate effect due to health reasons. The company has announced Thierry Vanlancker as the new CEO. Ton joined AkzoNobel in 2012 and has been responsible for significantly improving the performance of the company, increasing ...

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AkzoNobel increases capacity for expandable microspheres

Reaction to rising demand

06-Jul-2017

AkzoNobel's Specialty Chemicals business is investing more than €20 million to increase production capacity in Sweden for its Expancel product line for expandable microspheres. Increasing demand for the product - an essential ingredient in many consumer goods, industrial applications and the ...

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Polymerisation pilot facilities can accelerate the development of biobased materials

30-Jun-2017

While the polymerisation of biobased monomers is an important step in making plastics, resins and coatings from plant materials which can compete with their fossil counterparts, there are currently no pilot facilities for this process available in the Dutch R&D ecosystem. Industry, regional ...

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The walking polymer

Polymer goes for a walk when illuminated

29-Jun-2017

Scientists at Eindhoven University of Technology and Kent State University have developed a new material that can undulate and therefore propel itself forward under the influence of light. To this end, they clamp a strip of this polymer material in a rectangular frame. When illuminated it goes ...

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Spanish salt venture opens new markets for AkzoNobel

New salt packing facility opens mediterranean market

07-Jun-2017

Located in Súria, the facility is being used for tableting and packing high purity salt, which is a co-product of ICL’s potassium mine. AkzoNobel will market and sell the full volume of salt specialties produced, allowing it to serve new markets in the Mediterranean region. “High purity salt is ...

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AkzoNobel rewards start-ups as Imagine Chemistry winners are announced

07-Jun-2017

Ten start-up groups will see their ideas for more sustainable chemistry move a step closer to reality after being named winners of AkzoNobel's Imagine Chemistry challenge. The initiative was launched earlier this year to help solve chemistry-related challenges in categories ranging from ...

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