Protein sources such as albumin and whey can be used to make bioplastics with significant antibacterial properties, according to a recent study.
The European polymer industry has come under pressure this year from producers in the United States and the Middle East, where cheap feedstocks have led to an expansion in capacity.
Is it possible to convert lignin into valuable products? New research from the U.S. Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) suggests that it is.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Stepan Company President and CEO F. Quinn Stepan Jr. announced July 25 the company will complete front-end engineering and design work for a potential $60 million to $70 million chemical production facility in the existing industrial corridor of Ascension Parish.
French oil and gas giant Total will invest EUR160 million to convert its Carling petrochemical platform by 2016 and plans to close the naphtha cracker during the second half of 2015.
U.S. natural polymer sales generated revenues of $4.95 billion in 2012, and demand is expected to remain on the rise in the next few years.
SNF Oil and Gas Limited, a subsidiary of French-based water-soluble polymer producer SNF Group, has announced plans to build a specialty chemical plant in northeast England that will employ approximately 250 workers.
Kaneka Texas Corp., the U.S. subsidiary of Kaneka Corp. of Japan, is a maker of specialty polymers and fine chemicals. For several applications involving wastewater and circulation of scrubbing liquids, the company’s Pasadena, Calif., site relies on thermoplastic pumps to ensure reliable operation under corrosive conditions.