2010: Genencor

2010: Genencor

F O C U S BASF keeps R&D spending at high level In 2010 BASF again intends to maintain its research budget at the previous years’ high level, with an ...

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F O C U S BASF keeps R&D spending at high level In 2010 BASF again intends to maintain its research budget at the previous years’ high level, with an overall target of €1.38 bn. In 2009 BASF’s research allocations reached almost €1.4 bn (compared with €1.35 bn in 2008). The group believes that only with a continuous flow of innovations will it continue to achieve above-market organic growth, and states that continuity of research strategy is important both in good times and also in times of crisis. Following a successful evaluation, the run time and funding of the Catalysis Research Laboratory at Heidelberg University was extended by another 5 years at start 2010. At this Centre, corporate researchers and the university are jointly addressing basic and industrial research topics in the field of homogeneous catalysis. Press release from: BASF SE, D-67056 Ludwigshafen, Germany. Tel: +49 (0) 621 600. Website: http://www.basf.com (28 Jan 2010) & Chemical Week, 1 Feb 2010, 172 (3), 5

Catilin contributes key technologies to NAABB Consortium developing algal biofuels Catilin Inc has announced that it will embark on a $5.3 M project by 2013 as part of the $44 M DOE Investment for Advanced Biofuels Research and Fueling Infrastructure award made to the Catilin’s consortium, National Alliance for Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts (NAABB). Catilin and its partner, Iowa State University – Center for Catalysis (ISU-CCAT), will provide key extraction, sequestration, and conversion technologies. The NAABB consortium is made up of 26 groups from both the private and public sector and is led by the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center. Catilin and ISU-CCAT, members of the NAABB, will build on their pioneering algal oil extraction technology using mesoporous nanoparticles to selectively extract and sequester targeted fuel-relevant and high value compounds within the algal lipid mixture. The balance of the algal oil, which contains free fatty acids and triglycerides, will be converted to biodiesel using Catilin’s commercially available T300 catalyst. The pilot scale work will be completed at

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Catilin’s currently operating 300,000 gallon/y pilot plant. As the largest private sector participant, Catilin will make a direct impact on the ability to demonstrate the scalable and economic conversion of algal oil to biofuels while capturing and monetizing valuable co-products. The technology is instrumental in several key steps of the algae-to-biofuels supply chain as the efficient oilextraction and solid catalyst provides a cost effective conversion route. Catilin has a unique, new technology for biodiesel production that greatly reduces the cost of producing a gallon of biodiesel while creating a superior quality biodiesel and glycerol coproduct. The pioneering research of Catilin, in conjunction with Ames Laboratory and Iowa State University, continues to focus on the future of biofuels including award-winning research on algal oil extraction and sequestration. Catilin Inc is a catalyst technology company that is revolutionizing biofuels production. Press release from: Catilin Inc, 2077 Roy J Carver Co Lab, Ames, IA 50011 3650, USA. Website: http://www.catilin.com (14 Jan 2010)

ChemPro Group and Mo-Fuel to partner on cellulosic ethanol New Jersey-based ChemPro Group LLC and Missouri-based Mo-Fuel (Rural Bio-waste) have created a partnership to develop a commercialscale plant that is based on Mo-Fuel’s patented feedstock-flexible cellulosic ethanol technology. The process is a continuous catalytic hydrolysis technology that is suitable for modular construction. The partners will construct a mobile feedstock testing facility that is expected to start up by early 2010. Ethanol Producer Magazine, Jan 2010 (Website: http://www.ethanolproducer.com/)

Danisco: announcement of results for 2Q FY 2009/2010: Genencor For its 2Q FY 2009/2010 (period ends 31 Oct 2009), the Genencor business segment of Danisco A/S has reported revenue of DKR 1074 M (DKR 1056 M for its 2Q 2008/2009), EBITDA of DKR 186 M (DKR 152 M), and EBIT of DKR 142 M (DKR 104 M). For its 1H FY 2009/2010, this business segment has reported revenue of DKR 2178 M (DKR 2022 M for its 1H

2008/2009), EBITDA of DKR 440 M (DKR 318 M), and EBIT of DKR 345 M (DKR 223 M). There is discussion of the business and of the results. Genencor continues to make good progress with its two major Biochemicals Projects. DuPont Danisco Cellulosic Ethanol LLC (DDCE), the company’s partnership with DuPont on second-generation bioethanol, continues to meet key technical milestones. The official opening of the demonstration plant in Vonore, Tennessee, is scheduled for late Jan 2010. DDCE continues to work towards integrated solutions that will not only ensure more efficient enzyme use and lower unit costs but also strive towards reducing the overall capex requirement of the ethanol producers of the future. The BioIsoprene collaboration with Goodyear is also moving well ahead and meeting its technical milestones. The first tyres made from BioIsoprene were delivered by Goodyear for the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen earlier in Dec 2009 and have been on display at several key venues. Danisco Results 2Q FY 2009/2010, 16 Dec 2009, 1011 (Danisco A/S, Langebrogade 1, PO Box 17, DK1001 Copenhagen K, Denmark. Tel: +45 3266 2000. Fax: +45 3266 2175. Website: http://www.danisco.com)

Dorf Ketal acquires catalyst business from DuPont The Indian group Dorf Ketal Chemicals has acquired the speciality catalyst unit of DuPont Chemicals and Fluoroproducts. This includes speciality additives such as antistatic agents and surfactants as well as titanates and zirconates used as catalysts, vulcanization agents, and surface modifiers. Titanates and zirconates are used in the printing ink, paint, and coating sectors as well as for waterproofing material and plasticizers for silicone. Dorf estimates that these activities had a turnover of $50 M in 2008. The company is to build a production unit in India. DuPont will provide assistance in technology transfer and the setting up of the unit. In the year needed to open the new unit, DuPont will produce catalysts on behalf of Dorf Ketal. The Indian group acquired organometallic titanates as well as polyisocyanate and polyvinyl