ADM to invest in Rennovia to scale-up and commercialize bio-based chemical process technologies

ADM to invest in Rennovia to scale-up and commercialize bio-based chemical process technologies

F O C U S ounces in 2015. Demand for palladium from jewellery sector was 0.400 M ounces in 2013 and is projected to be 0.320 M ounces in 2015. Origina...

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F O C U S ounces in 2015. Demand for palladium from jewellery sector was 0.400 M ounces in 2013 and is projected to be 0.320 M ounces in 2015. Original Source: Business Line, 27 Jan 2014, 21 (25), 13 (Website: © The Hindu Business Line 2014

COMPANY NEWS ADM to invest in Rennovia to scale-up and commercialize bio-based chemical process technologies Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) has recently committed a $25 M equity investment in Rennovia Inc, which develops catalysts and processes for the cost-advantaged production of chemical products from renewable feedstocks. Rennovia targets production of existing highvalue chemical products using scalable chemical catalytic process technologies at costs significantly advantaged over current petrochemical processes. The company’s first products are nylon intermediates adipic acid and hexamethylenediamine (HMD). ADM’s investment will be used for R&D programmes and continuing operations. Original Source: ADM, 2014. Found on SpecialChem Adhesives and Sealants Formulation, 13 Feb 2014 (Website:

BASF produces first commercial volumes of butanediol from renewable raw material BASF’s first commercial volumes of 1,4-butanediol (BDO) from renewable raw material have been produced. This product is being offered to customers for testing and commercial use. The patented fermentation process from Genomatica uses dextrose as a renewable feedstock. The company aims to expand its portfolio with selected BDO derivatives based on renewable feedstock, including polytetrahydrofuran (PolyTHF). Currently, BASF manufactures BDO and BDO equivalents at its sites in Geismar, LA, US; Ludwigshafen, APRIL 2014



Germany; Kuantan, Malaysia; Caojing, China; and Chiba, Japan. In Jul 2013, BASF announced its plan to increase its global capacities for PolyTHF to 350,000 tonnes and for BDO to 650,000 tonnes within the next two years. Original Source: Coatings World, Jan 2014, 19 (1), 44 (Website: © Rodman Publishing 2014

Evonik, Invista working on gas-based chemicals Evonik used third generation biotech methods to convert syngas into 2-hydroxyisobutyric acid (2-HIBA), a methyl methacrylate (MMA) precursor, under industrial conditions. The head of biotechnology at Creavis, Evonik’s strategic innovation unit, stated that making the process market ready will take several years. The Evonik research is the first to use enzymes to produce chemicals from syngas, a mixture of CO, CO2 and hydrogen gases from municipal or agricultural waste or steel production. Invista, an integrated producer of polymers and fibres, and Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) in the UK affirmed a partnership to develop industrial chemical production processes based on gas fermentation. The scale and types of chemicals to be produced in the project of CPI and Invista were not disclosed. Original Source: Speciality Chemicals, Jan 2014, 34 (1), 9 (Website: © Quartz Business Media Ltd 2014

French firms team up on bio butadiene Plans to jointly develop a butadiene production process from biomass have been announced by public sector research group IFPEN, AXENS, and tyre producer Michelin. The BioButterfly project with a €52 M budget will run for 8 years, from initial research to industrial scale testing. A synthetic rubber industry in France will be considered once the project is completed. About 60% of the global synthetic rubber output is used in the tyre industry. Butadiene is an important raw material for synthetic rubber. Original Source: TCE (formerly The Chemical Engineer), Dec 2013, (870), 21 (Website: © Institution of Chemical Engineers 2013

Modernization continues at Gazprom Neftekhim Salavat OJSC Gazprom Neftekhim Salavat has started the construction of a 434,000 tonne/y pentane-hexane isomerization plant. The facility is expected to produce a high-octane, high vapour-pressure blending stock used to make gasoline. This will raise the plant’s commercial-grade gasoline production compliant with the Euro-4 and Euro-5 environmental standards. Gasoline added with isomerized stock improves engine performance, reduces harmful emissions, and lessens its environmental impact. Axens will provide the new facility’s clean technology. The new plant will start operations in 2015. Original Source: RCCnews, 18 Feb 2014, (Website: © 2014

Johnson Matthey: 3Q interim management statement process 2013/14 For 3Q 2013/14, Johnson Matthey’s sales in Process Technologies increased by 11% to GBP 133 M (2012/13 GBP 120 M) and operating profit was also well ahead. Its Chemicals businesses performed ahead of the previous expectations as demand for methanol and ammonia catalysts remained strong. The Oil and Gas businesses also performed well with steady demand for refinery products. Johnson Matthey Davy Technologies continued to work on providing engineering designs on previously secured projects and whilst no licence contracts were awarded in the quarter, four new licences have subsequently been signed. The potential for further new licences during the remainder of 2013/14 and beyond, particularly in China, remains positive. Original Source: Johnson Matthey, 30 Jan 2014, (Website: © Johnson Matthey plc 2014

Johnson Matthey signs SNG contract with Suxin Energy Johnson Matthey Process Technologies announced that it has entered into a contract with Suxin Energy Hefeng Co Ltd for the supply of licensed technology and catalysts for the new substitute natural gas