Strong 1Q 2014 sales for Novozymes Bioenergy

Strong 1Q 2014 sales for Novozymes Bioenergy

F O C U S enzyme activities will remain stable under pelleting conditions of up to 90°C. This is achieved by applying the latest production and coatin...

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F O C U S enzyme activities will remain stable under pelleting conditions of up to 90°C. This is achieved by applying the latest production and coating technology available at Novozymes’ manufacturing facility. Ronozyme MultiGrain contains guaranteed levels of three key enzyme activities. Its unique combination of xylanase and beta-glucanases offers the flexibility to safely formulate when using highly variable raw materials. The application of DSM’s DIF (Digestibility Improvement Factor) system can result in feed cost savings of up to €20/MT feed. Original Source: DSM, website: (1 Apr 2014) © Koninklijke DSM NV 2014

Dyadic announces OPTIBIOCAT Project aimed to develop biocatalysts for cosmetic industry Dyadic International Inc, a global biotechnology company focused on the discovery, development, manufacture, and sale of enzymes and other proteins for the bioenergy, bio-based chemicals, biopharmaceutical, food, and feed industries, announced details regarding its new project, “OPTIBIOCAT – Optimized esterase biocatalysts for cost-effective industrial production”, an EU-funded project aimed at developing biocatalysts for the cosmetic industry. The biocatalysts will be based on feruloyl acid esterases (FAE) and glucuronyl esterases (GE) which are expected to be used in the production of phenolic fatty and sugar esters with antioxidant activity for the cosmetic industry. They will also be tested for use in the production of other potential compounds with improved biological activity and properties. FAE and GE available within the consortium, including those from Dyadic’s own proprietary enzyme library, may be improved by sitedirected mutagenesis and directed evolution to further improve the desired properties. Original Source: Dyadic International, 2014. Found on SpecialChem Cosmetics and Personal Care Innovation and Solutions, 20 Mar 2014, (Website:

Dyadic launches Fibrezyme G4 Dyadic International Inc, a global biotechnology company focused on JUNE 2014



the discovery, development, manufacture and sale of enzymes and other proteins for the bioenergy, biobased chemicals, biopharmaceutical, food and feed industries, announced that it has launched Fibrezyme G4, a high performance cellulose enzyme product designed to enhance paper and textile quality, while improving the economics of its customers’ manufacturing processes. Fibrezyme G4 has been shown to reduce energy requirements and increase production rates for pulp and paper manufacturers. In addition, Fibrezyme G4 enhances and restores fibre strength and increases inter-fibre bonding in paper-making applications. In the textile industry, Fibrezyme G4 will be used to soften denim and create a stonewashed look for blue jeans. Fibrezyme G4 operates under wide pH and temperature ranges allowing for improved integration into a variety of pulp and paper and textile manufacturing processes. Original Source: Dyadic International, website: (24 Apr 2014) © Dyadic International 2014

Dyadic International gets new US patent The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has issued US Patent No 8,673,618 entitled “Construction of highly efficient cellulase compositions for enzymatic hydrolysis of cellulose” to Dyadic International. The patent claims cover rights to compositions, development, and production methods of novel enzymes that can convert various sources of plant biomass to fermentable sugars usable in advanced biofuels and bio-based chemicals production. Production methods covered by the patent include the use of specified enzyme combinations and enzyme mixtures as well as the use of yeast, other fungi, bacteria, plants and algae. Dyadic has a portfolio of 41 international patents, ten pending US patent and 23 pending international applications which include several features of Dyadic’s proprietary technologies. Original Source: PBR Pharmaceutical Business Review, 25 Mar 2014, (Website: © PBR 2014

Elevance: metathesis technology for personal care product development Speciality chemicals producer Elevance Renewable Sciences has used metathesis catalyst technology to produce new high performance olefins, triglyceride molecules, esters, and multifunctional polymers from renewable oils. Target markets include lubricants, detergents and cleaners, polymers, fuel additives, and coatings. Elevance will run a 180,000 tonne/y biorefinery in Gresik, Indonesia, as part of a jv with Wilmar International. A refinery in Natchez, MS, US, is presently being adapted to produce biodiesel at 280,000 tonne/y from various renewable oils. Both global scale facilities are expected to start operations under Elevance by 2016. The catalytic metathesis process used by the biorefinery is conducted at low temperature and pressure, requiring a smaller amount of energy and emitting 50% less greenhouse gases than conventional processes. Original Source: Speciality Chemicals Magazine, Mar 2014, 34 (3), 16 (Website: © Quartz Chemicals Ltd 2014

NKNH produces a millionth tonne of polybutadiene using neodymium catalyst-based process On 8 Apr 2014, OJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim (NKNH) manufactured its millionth tonne of NdBR polybutadiene made using a neodymium catalyst-based production process. The plant started producing NdBR in 2004. NKNH exported 98% of its rubber production in 2013. Original Source: RCCnews, 9 Apr 2014, (Website: © 2014

Strong 1Q 2014 sales for Novozymes Bioenergy Sales of enzymes to the bioenergy industry increased by 34% as customers embrace new technology. Three enzymes that promise to improve profits for producers of corn ethanol are behind the strong growth in Novozymes’ 1Q 2014 bioenergy sales. Avantec, Spirizyme Achieve and Olexa enable producers to squeeze up to 5% more ethanol out of corn while saving on energy and chemicals. In addition to increasing ethanol yield, the three enzymes can


F O C U S improve corn oil extraction by 13%, while saving 8% energy. This helps ethanol producers to improve profit margins and efficiency, and reduce their environmental footprint. Original Source: Novozymes, website: (24 Apr 2014) © Novozymes 2014

Rennovia & JM Davy to focus on production technology for bio-based glucaric & adipic acid Johnson Matthey Davy Technologies Ltd (JM Davy), a global provider of advanced process technologies, and Rennovia Inc, a development stage company focused on the production of commodity and speciality chemicals from renewable feedstocks, announced that they are embarking on a collaboration to develop, demonstrate, and commercialize catalytic process technologies for the production of bio-based glucaric acid and adipic acid. Under the collaboration, Rennovia and JM Davy will work together to develop and demonstrate the processes based on Rennovia’s technology for the catalytic aerobic oxidation of glucose to glucaric acid, as well as the catalytic hydrogenation of glucaric acid to adipic acid. The goal of the collaboration is to develop and jointly licence a technology package enabling commercial production of these chemical products. JM Davy and Rennovia anticipate delivering technology capable of producing a bio-based adipic acid equivalent to the petroleum-based product, at a lower cost, and with a significantly improved environmental footprint. JM Davy has already licenced 1.5 M tonnes of biobased chemical products utilizing catalytic chemical transformations. Original Source: Rennovia Inc, 2014. Found on SpecialChem Coatings and Inks Formulation, 27 Mar 2014, (Website:

Sibur’s NIOST selects new catalyst to use in butyl alcohols production Experts from Sibur’s Perm production site and researchers from NIOST, the firm’s R&D centre, have selected a new high-efficiency catalyst that will raise the output of the butyl alcohol manufacturing process. The new catalyst has the same shape,




dimensions, basic composition and application volume and conditions as the currently used catalyst and, thus, will not require any change in equipment. However, the new catalyst will increase the butyl alcohol production by 5% for the same amount of feedstock. In addition, a 20% rise in the plant’s feedstock input rate can be achieved with the use of the new catalyst. The company plans to implement the new catalyst after completing pilot tests and evaluations for the production line’s optimal operation settings. Original Source: RCCnews, 1 Apr 2014, (Website: © 2014

Spero Energy Inc to produce aromatics & bio-chemicals from lignin Spero Energy Inc, a spinoff company based in the Purdue Research Park, is being launched by researchers working at Purdue University’s Center for Direct Catalytic Conversion of Biomass to Biofuels (C3Bio), project funded by the US Department of Energy. Spero’s technology portfolio focuses on novel catalytic processes for converting lignin in wood biomass and waste to liquid chemical products. These chemicals have applications in flavouring and fragrances in addition to high-value materials, according to Spero’s head. The process developed by Spero is used to produce ligninfree cellulose that can be easily converted into fermentable sugars and sugar-derived, high-value chemicals. It involves the delignification of mechanically milled and shredded wood with lignin conversion to methoxypropylphenols with a bifunctional catalyst under mild thermal conditions. Original Source: Purdue University, 2014. Found on SpecialChem Cosmetics and Personal Care Innovation and Solutions, 4 Apr 2014, (Website:

metathesis plant that would be located at Porto Marghera site of Versalis in northeast Italy. Versalis is experienced in developing catalysts for production, and Elevance already uses ruthenium-based catalysts in metathesis to produce various products like waxes and personal care ingredients from vegetable oil. Elevance and Wilmar International operate a 180,000 tonne/y biorefinery in Gresik, Indonesia. A biodiesel refinery located in Mississippi, US, is being converted by Elevance. The refinery will operate at 280,000 tonne/y starting in 2016. Original Source: TCE (formerly The Chemical Engineer), Mar 2014, (873), 13 (Website: © Institution of Chemical Engineers 2014. Original Source: Chemical Weekly, 4 Mar 2014, (Website: © Sevak Publications & Chemical Weekly Database P Ltd 2014

Grace reports 1Q adjusted EPS of $0.77: Grace Catalysts Technologies WR Grace & Co’s sales for the Catalysts Technologies operating segment in 1Q 2014, which includes refinery catalysts, speciality catalysts, polypropylene licensing and additives for refinery, plastics and other chemical process applications, were $284.5 M, an increase of 6.8% compared with 1Q 2013. Sales of refinery catalysts, which represented 69% of segment sales, declined 2.7% compared with 1Q 2013. Segment gross margin was 39.0% compared with 40.3% in 1Q 2013. Segment operating income was $71.2 M compared with $77.2 M in 1Q 2013. Original Source: WR Grace & Co, website: (23 Apr 2014) © Grace & Co – Conn 2014

NEW PLANTS Linde builds pilot isobutene unit for Global Bioenergies

Versalis and Elevance form green chemical venture By virtue of a memorandum of understanding, Elevance Renewable Sciences and Versalis, a chemical subsidiary of ENI, will create new catalysts for synthesizing biochemicals from vegetable oil. Additionally, both firms will study the feasibility of a global scale ethylene

Industrial gas group Linde’s engineering division is to build a second pilot unit for Global Bioenergies (the French expert in using fermentation processes to make hydrocarbons from renewable raw materials). The new unit will enter service in 2015 and will produce bioisobutene at the Leuna refinery in Germany. According to Linde’s JUNE 2014