Arkema to Invest in New Bio-based Nylon Production

Arkema has planned to invest 300 million euros for expansion of its bio sourced nylon 11 production in Asia. By establishing this plant, the company would increase the global production of bio sourced nylon 11 by 50%.Logotype_arkema

The new plant, which will produce both the amino 11 monomer and its polymer, is expected to come on stream in late 2021. The products to be produced would find applications in electronics, 3D printing and automotive industries.

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Allbirds Launches Castor Based Woolen Running Shoes

Allbirds, a New Zealand based footwear company has launched woolen running shoes for both men and women. The shoes have an upper wool layer; a castor oil based polyurethane insole and rubber foam sole.allbirds

The wool comes from New Zealand and is turned into fabric in Italy, while the shoes are assembled in South Korea.

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Arkema Celebrates 70th Anniversary of Bio-based Nylon

Arkema group celebrated 70th anniversary of its flagship product Rilsan nylon 11 series of high performance polymers. Rilsan PA 11 is sourced from castor oil and is a bio-based member of the nylon family.Logotype_arkema

Nylon 11 made its market debut under the brand name Rilsan in 1949 and was taken up by automaker Citroën in 1950s as new plastic for fuel lines. Arkema produces the material at its sites in Serquigny, France, Birdsboro, Pa.,  and  Zhengjiagang, China.

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Durable Commercial Flooring Made From Natural Materials

In 2014, Mats Inc. partnered with Windmöller Flooring Products to deliver an entirely new class of product. That collection is wineo® PURline, an innovative collection of botanol flooring produced with 90% rapidly renewable and natural raw materials.mats inc

Wineo PURline is botanol, a plant-based material that’s both odorless and emission-free. Its ingredients—canola oil from rappa seed, castor oil from castor seed, and chalk—are molecularly transformed to create an eco-friendly polyurethane that serves as a durable nonporous floor covering.

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Global Bio-based Polyurethane Market to grow at a CAGR of 6.75%

Global bio-based polyurethane market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 6.75% during 2016-2020. Among many natural oils, castor oil is primarily used for producing natural oil polyols due to the availability of ready hydroxyl group unlike other oils that require the introduction of hydroxyl group by other procedures.castor oil polyurethane

Apart from adipic acid, bio-based succinic acid and 1,4 butanediol can be combined with the required isocyanates to produce polyurethanes with up to 70% bio content.

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Bio-Fed Makes Castor Call

Bioplastics marketer Bio-Fed has launched its M-VERA ECS series made from castor. The company, a subsidiary of Akro has turned to bio oil from castor seeds.bio-fed

This decision has been made owing to fluctuations in oil price, to reduce energy consumption and improve their carbon footprint.

Unlike the previous products in M-Vera line, ECS products are partially biobased but not biodegradable.

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Mitsui Chemicals & SKC Polyurethanes to Set Up Facility in India

Mitsui Chemicals & SKC Polyurethanes Co. Ltd. (MCNS) a 50:50 joint venture of Japan’s Mitsui Chemicals and South Korea’s SKC will establish a polyurethane system house, castor oil polyurethaneMCNS Polyurethanes India Pvt Ltd, in Andhra Pradesh with an initial investment of $ 7.3 million (about Rs 49 crore).

The facility to be located at Nellore district will manufacture polyurethane system products and have a capacity of 13,000 tonnes per annum.

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New Castor Oil Based Polymeric Nanoparticles

Renewable resources are gaining special attention as substitutes for petroleum based products. Thus biobased polymers obtained from vegetable oils present a good, green alternative to fossil based polymers in terms of biodegradability and toxicity, thereby allowing their application for high value added and/or biomedical purposes.images

In this study, Acyclic Diene Metathesis (ADMET) and thiol-ene miniemulsion polymerization method was followed to synthesize high molecular weight polymers. In addition to the chemical reactions leading to synthesis of high molecular weight polymers, miniemulsion polymerization method enabled the production of polymeric nanoparticles with unique characteristics and vast commercial interest.

Characteristic studies revealed that the synthesized nanoparticles did not present any cytotoxic effect on murine fibroblast (L929) and human cervical cancer (HeLa) cells and showed high blood biocompatibility.

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Bio-polyamide Market to Grow Well in the Coming Years

Biopolyamides market is estimated to grow well in the coming years till 2025. Undecanoic acid and sebacic acid derived from castor oil are among the most dominant raw materials used in the production of bio based polyamide. Owing to the eco logical benefits, bio based polyamides are gaining acceptance and are anticipated to be the fastest growing product segment during the coming years.Sebacic_acid_3D_ball

Automotives is the largest application segment for polyamide and the trend is expected to continue in the near future. Demand for polyamide in packaging applications is expected to outdo other application segments in terms of growth rate during the coming years.

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New Bio-based Building Block for the Chemical Industry

Scientists from Columbia performed an experiment to develop a kinetic model for high CO2 pressure carbonation of epoxidized castor oil which can be used for production of thermoset polymers and non-isocyanate polyurethanes.

Results showed that because of the polyfunctional character of the product, it could find applications as a monomer and as a synthetic building block for other bio-based chemicals.

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