Novel Surgical Sealant Could Make Sutures Obsolete

A new surgical glue is based on a proprietary polymer that demonstrates superior biocompatibility, tunable bioresorbability and adjustable tissue adherence.logo_gecko_10emeretourv2

The Gecko Biomedical (Paris, France) SETALUM Sealant is a hydrophobic light-activated adhesive (HLAA) designed for both wet and dynamic environments as an add-on to sutures during minimally invasive vascular surgery.

Unique chemical and physical properties include high viscosity, hydrophobicity, and on demand curing. The adhesive, which is based on a mixture of easily metabolized glycerol and sebacic acid, can be brushed on a biological surface and set in seconds with a short application of ultraviolet (UV) light.

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Sebacic Acid Export from Duqm Plant to Start in ’18

Sebaic Oman will start exporting sebacic acid from its $62 million plant in Duqm from Q1 2018, as it would become operational by the end of 2017.sebacic acid

Sebacic acid in powder form would be filled into flexi tanks in containers and exported from Port of Duqm to countries such as US, China and Japan and the equipment meant for the 30,000 tonnes/year plant had been arriving through the port.

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Biobased PA 6.10 Compounds Added to Portfolio of BioFed

German biodegradable and biobased plastics producer Bio-Fed  has added renewable resource-based polyamide compounds, the “MVera ECS” products, to its portfolio. The main focus of Bio-Fed is on compostable and biodegradable plastic compounds for film applications as well as injection moulding.bio-fed

The new PA 6.10 fulfils the standard definition of a bioplastic since it is made up of approximately 60% renewable resources. Castor oil, derived from the seeds of the plant Ricinuns communis, forms the basis of sebacic acid, which is the product’s renewable raw material content.

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First CMA CGM Container Ship Arrives in Duqm Port for Sebacic Oman

Port of Duqm has received the first containers from French shipping giant CMA CGM via the Oman Express Service operated by Oman Shipping Company through its subsidiary Oman Container Line.Sebacic_acid_3D_ball

The containers, which were loaded with project equipment for Sebacic Oman SAOC, soon to become the world’s largest Sebacic Acid plant in Duqm, originated from China and were transshipped via another regional port.

Port of Duqm received the containers at its early container terminal, from where they will be delivered to Sebacic Oman’s site.

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Castor Oil Derivative Market to Witness Comprehensive Growth by 2021

Among the various castor oil derivatives, sebacic acid and dehydrated castor oil are one of the major revenue generators in the global castor oil market. Large scale adoption of sebacic acid in plasticizers, cosmetics, lubricants is catalysing its growth in the castor derivatives market.sebacic acid

Asia Pacific is the largest consumer of castor oil and is expected to retain the higher growth rate during the next few years due to strong growth in surface coatings, pharmaceuticals, and cosmetics industry.

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Global Sebacic Acid Market to Increase in the Coming Years

Over the past few years, there has been an increase in demand for sebacic acid particularly for applications such as textiles, cosmetics, households and others. Increasing demand for textiles has escalated the growth of sebacic acid.Sebacic_acid_3D_ball

China is the leading producer of sebacic acid and exports around 100,000 metric tons. Owing to this, Asia-Pacific is estimated to be the largest market for Sebacic acid followed by Europe and North America.

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Sebacic Oman Refinery Project Launched

The Special Economic Zone in a’ Duqm (SEZD) celebrated the laying of the foundation stone for OMR24 million Sebacic Oman Refinery Company for the production of Sebacic acid which is the first project of its kind in the Middle East.Sebacic_acid_3D_ball

The project will be built on a land area of about 400,000 square meters to produce the Sebacic acid, which is extracted from castor oil and enters in many of the chemical industry, manufacturers of plastics and medicines.

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Sebacic Acid Market Size to Exceed 130 Kilo Tons By 2023

Sebacic acid size was estimated over 100 kilo tons in 2014 and is likely to exceed 130 kilo tons by 2023. Polyamide application witnessed the highest sebacic Sebacic_acid_3D_ballacid market consumption in 2014 and is likely to gain steady rates over the forecast period.

Shift in trend towards manufacturing biobased polymers from renewable sources is a key driver for the growth of sebacic acid market. Sebacic acid is used in wide applications such as cosmetics, plasticizers, biopolyamides production etc.

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Stable Polyanhydride Synthesized from Sebacic Acid & Ricinoleic Acid

Polyanhydrides are a class of biodegradable polymers that are usually unstable and prone to hydrolytic degradation and depolymerisation. They need to be stored at -20°C, Polyanhydridepacked under inert atmosphere until use.

Now researchers from Israel have found a new stable polyanhydride obtained from sebacic acid and ricinoleic acid. The new stable polyanhydride was synthesized with alternating ester anhydride structure that is stable at 25 °C for over 18 months. The copolymer is also stable in chloroform solution and under γ-irradiation.

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A Sebacic Acid Production Plant in Oman

sebacic acidRecent news items suggest that Oman is setting up a plant to produce sebacic oil from castor oil.

While new sebacic acid plants in themselves is not such interesting news, it is interesting to see an Oil Economy country going for a renewable oil production.

This news was first reported by CastorOil.in many months back.

In May 2015, Oman Sebacic Company, promoted by India-based Shipra Agrichem Pvt Ltd and Omani businessman Shaikh Hilal bin Khalid al Mawali, signed an agreement with for the development of this one-of-a-kind project at Duqm. Shipra operates a 10,000 metric tonnes per annum capacity sebacic acid plant in Vadodara on India’s west coast.

the plant construction is expected to start in Q1 2016.

Alongside the sebacic acid complex project is a project to cultivate 66,000 acres of castor, under a total buyback agreement by the project promoter, Pradeep Nair.

Interesting indeed. Now sure what the driver was for locating the plant in Oman, if Shipra is already operating a sebacic acid plant in India; perhaps diversifying risk, or perhaps of the investment interest shown by Oman,

What is also interesting is the cultivation of castor, I am not entirely sure if the cultivation is supposed to be happening in Oman (which I doubt). More likely, the cultivation would be in Gujarat and either the castor seeds or castor oil from the cultivated crops would be completely bought by the Omanese company.

Am looking forward to further progress of this venture.