Royal DSM’s Develops Crankshaft Cover from Castor Polyamides

In September 2013, Royal DSM, together with its automotive component specialist partner KACO, has developed a lightweight multi-functional crankshaft cover in EcoPaXX, DSM’s bio-based polyamide 410, for the latest generation of diesel engines developed by the Volkswagen Group. EcoPaXX, a bio-based, high-performance long-chain polyamide, is made mainly from tropical castor beans.

This EcoPaXX cover incorporates integral seals in PTFE and liquid silicon rubber (LSR), as well as various metal inserts. It will be used on Volkswagen’s new MDB modular diesel engine platform, implemented across its Audi, Seat, Škoda and VW brands.

Compared with covers made in aluminum, system costs for the EcoPaXX cover are considerably lower, due in part to the use of an integrated, fully automated production cell for the component at KACO. Weight has been reduced considerably too, since the EcoPaXX grade is 45% less dense than aluminum.

The development represents a step forward in terms of sustainability, from material production to the vehicle on the road. DSM’s EcoPaXX polyamide 410 is 70% derived from renewable resources, and the polymer is certified 100% carbon neutral from cradle to gate.

Read more from: http://www.greencarcongress.com/2013/09/20130902-dsm.html

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Solvay’s Bio-Based Amorphous PPA for Smart Mobile Devices

Solvay Specialty Polymers,France has recently announced a major extension of its Kalix® high-performance polyamide (HPPA) product line, launching a new portfolio of bio-based high-performance polyamides offered for use in smart mobile devices such as smart phones, tablets, laptops, and other smart mobile electronics.

The introduction includes the Kalix® HPPA 3000 series, the first bio-based amorphous polyphthalamides (PPAs), and the Kalix® 2000 series, a family of bio-sourced semi-crystalline polyamide grades that provide outstanding impact performance. Solvay unveiled the new materials at the 19th International Trade Fair for Plastics and Rubber Worldwide, which was held on Oct. 16-23, in Dusseldorf, Germany.

Both the 2000 and 3000 series contain monomers that come from the sebacic acid chain which is derived from non-food competing and GMO-free castor oil.

Read more from here: http://www.solvay.com/en/media/press_releases/20131016-Kalix-Bio.html 

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Get to Know the Latest in the Castor Industry at ICOA 2014

The 2014 International Castor Oil Association General Meeting will be held on May 20-22 2014 at the Vienna Marriott in  Vienna. Network with global leaders in the castor trade and find out the latest trends in the castor industry at ICOA 2014.

Book early as there is limited availability at our special rate of €199. Reservations can be made for the special rate by clicking the following link: http://bit.ly/19FoTlO

Read more: http://www.icoa.org/

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Radici Conforms to European Environmental Benchmarks

Radici Chimica SpA, which makes ‘Radipol’ polyamide 6,6 that is used in the textile industry for the extrusion of nylon yarns has become the first chemical company in Europe to obtain product and environmental footprint certificates in line with European Commission LCA-based requirements. Radici received the two certificates OEF (Organisation Environmental Footprint) and PEF(Product Environmental Footprint)

OEF – issued for all aspects of the production plant; PEF – issued for PA6.6, HMDA, adipic acid, nitric acid, MAB, diamine heads and tails, and CO2

Read more :http://www.radicigroup.com/en/news-media/news/radici-chimica-spa-obtains-oef-and-pef-conformity-assurance-13844

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ARKEMA and Addiplast Joins to Develop New Polyamide Compounds

As the world’s sole chemicals manufacturer to offer the entire long chain polyamides range, polyamide 12 as well as biosourced polyamides PA11and PA10 derived from castor oil, Arkema is the leading player in the production of specialty polyamides.

Addiplast has emerged both in France and in Europe as one of the leaders in the design of technical compounds and polymers derived from polyamides, polyolefins and polycarbonates. With its expertise in the design of these materials and related processes, Addiplast became a partner of Arkema in the early 2000s.

Through this strengthened partnership, Addiplast will develop from biosourced polyamides (Rilsan® PA 11 and Hiprolon® PA 6-10, PA 10-10, PA 10-12) and other specialty long chain polyamides (Rilsamid® PA12, Hiprolon® PA 6-12) supplied by Arkema, a new range of high-end materials and compounds for injection molding. These compounds are designed for high added value applications requiring specific performances.

Marketed under the trade names Addinyl® (polyamides of fossil origin) and Addibio® Renew (biosourced polymers), these solutions fulfil demanding specification requirements in terms of mechanical strength and/or chemical resistance. They will serve on the European market diversified segments, including automotive, electronics, sports and leisure, new energies and new technologies.

Read more from :http://www.4-traders.com/ARKEMA-17031/news/ARKEMA–and-Addiplast-join-forces-to-develop-new-polyamide-compounds-17381566/

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Global Castor Conference – February 2014, Gujarat, India

Global Castor Conference – 2014 is scheduled to be held on Saturday, 22nd February 2014 at Hotel Courtyard by Marriott, Ahmedabad, Gujarat,India. The Solvent Extractors Association of India ( SEA) is organizing this conference. The event is supported by International Castor Oil Association (ICOA), U.S.A.

This 12th International Conference will provide an unique opportunity for open discussions & exchange of views about the issues pertaining to Castor business, to find solutions to the problems faced by the manufacturers, importers & exporters, technologists, players from the commodity exchanges, brokers & dealers of
castor business all over the world.

The event will also feature a presentation on the findings of Castor Crop Survey-2013 conducted in key Castor growing States viz. Gujarat, Rajasthan & A. P. by the world renowned market survey agency, M/s AC Nielsen.

More from: http://www.seaofindia.com/images/67/Global%20Castor%20Conference%202014-%20First%20Announcement%20Cum%20Invitation.pdf

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Arkema Picks Up 25% Stake in Jayant Agro

France’s chemicals producer Arkema SA has acquired 24.9 per cent stake in a JV with Jayant Agro Organics Ltd, a Mumbai-based castor oil producer. The joint venture will manufacture and sell industrial and specialty grade castor oil products. Arkema will hold 25 per cent stake in the JV called Ihsedu Agrochem Pvt Ltd (IAPL).

Arkema is picking up the stake for Rs 27.9 crore, the BSE was informed in a disclosure. Jayant Agro now holds 75.1 per cent of the total paid up equity share capital of IAPL. As part of the investment, Arkema Asie SAS has appointed two directors on the board of IAPL.

The announcement was made in April this year, but the deal size was not disclosed then.

After forming this separate venture, public-listed Jayant Agro will only focus on producing and marketing value-added castor oil products. BMR Advisors acted as the advisor to Jayant Agro Group on this deal while J Sagar Associates acted as the legal advisor to the group.

Read more: http://in.reuters.com/article/2013/10/14/french-firm-arkema-picks-up-25-pct-stake-idINDEE99D06L20131014

Download Free Sample Report on Castor Plant, Castor Oil and Castor Oil Market

Hello Readers,

This blog post briefs some of the highlights of the recently published Comprehensive Castor Oil Report by Castoroil.in.

The Comprehensive Castor Oil Report ( http://www.castoroil.in/reference/report/report.html)is the most detailed report on the castor oil and derivatives industry. Covering every critical aspect of the industry – from cultivation to oil production to the production of diverse oleochemical derivatives – the report has been used by the who’s-who of the global companies investing in castor oil.

The report comprises 255 pages and was last updated in  August 2013. The latest update of the report provides more insights and inputs on this exciting industry. Download the free sample report here – http://bit.ly/HJhGKI

 

The following are the sections for which significant additions are provided in the report:

  1. Castor Oil and Derivatives Market – The latest updates for the demand supply data for India and worldwide are provided in this version.
  2. Castor Oil, Castor Seed Prices and Related Commercials – The most recently available data for these are provided.
  3. Prominent Castor Oil and Derivatives Producers – This section includes profiles and product info for the latest entrants in the markets focusing on producing innovative, high-value end products from castor oil
  4. Some of the Key Takeaways from the Report : 
  • The top producers of castor seeds include India, China and Brazil. India is the largest producer of castor seeds with about 80% share, followed by Brazil contributing about 10% and China contributing about 8%.
  • The global market for generation II castor oil derivatives and generation III derivatives is estimated at about US$300 million and US$350 respectively.
  • Global export of castor oil during 2012 -13 stood at 4,30,752 MT compared to 4,04,489 MT in FY 2011-12.
  • Large importers of castor seeds include USA, Netherlands, France, Thailand and Japan. European Union imports over 1,00,000 tonnes of castor oil annually, and almost all its imports are from India.

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Jayant Agro Joins With Mitsui for Castor Oil Based Polyols Manufacturing

Jayant Agro Organics Ltd, an Indian oleochemical company, have entered into a joint venture agreement with two Japanese firms – Mitsui Chemicals Inc and Itoh Oil Chemicals Co Ltd – for manufacturing castor oil based polyols. The firms are investing in the equity shares of Vithal Castor Polyols Pvt Ltd in the ratio 50:40:10 respectively.

This is a second deal announced by Jayant Agro Organics this year. In April 2013, Jayant Agro entered into an agreement with Arkema, a French chemical company, to form a strategic joint venture through its subsidiary Ihsedu Agrochem Pvt Ltd (Ihsedu). According to the JV agreement, Arkema will acquire around 25% equity stake in Ihsedu. The JV aims to develop castor oil production, which will provide Arkema long term, secure and competitive access to the strategic raw material for the manufacture of its bio-sourced polyamides.

Source: http://t.co/qxeYYTkz1k

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DuPont’s Performance Plastics Line To Contain More Than 50% Renewable Materials

DuPont, one of the world’s largest chemical companies, says that its performance plastics line will contain more than 50 percent renewable materials within 15 years. The company is exploring new technologies to make chemical monomers for basic plastics like nylon from carbon-based resources that can be rapidly regenerated.

Two of the three renewable materials in DuPont’s current performance plastics portfolio are based on non-food feedstocks. Hytrel comes from plant waste and Zytel RS comes from the castor bean plant.

To know more about the DuPont’s renewble plastics, click here – http://investors.dupont.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=73320&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=1065535&highlight=

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