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BASF Produces Paint Binders Using Biomass

BASF is producing dispersions for interior paints using renewable raw materials. The German chemical company says the paint binders use the “mass balance process,” which uses biomass instead of fossil raw materials. To manufacture the binders of the Acronal brand, the company replaces 100 percent of the fossil resources used … Read more »

What Does the Dow-DuPont Merger Mean for Biomaterials?

What Does the Dow-DuPont Merger Mean for Biomaterials?

Chemical giants Dow and DuPont agreed to merge late last year, forming a $130 billion company that will split into three companies focusing on agriculture, material science and specialty products such as biomaterials. But new analysis shows this may not be the “merger of equals” touted by Dow and DuPont. … Read more »

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DuPont, Dow Strike $130 Billion Merger Deal, Create Chemical Giant

Chemical giants DuPont and Dow Chemical have agreed to merge, forming a $130 billion company that will then split into three companies. The new DowDuPont will separate into three companies “as soon as feasible,” which the companies say they expect to take 18 to 24 months following the closing of … Read more »

BASF, Genomatica Expand Biochemical Production

BASF and Genomatica have expanded their biochemical license agreement for the production of 1,4-butanediol based on renewable feedstock (renewable BDO) using Genomatica’s patented process. BDO and its derivatives are used for producing plastics, solvents, electronic chemicals and elastic fibers for the packaging, automotive, textile, and sports and leisure industries, among … Read more »

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BASF Engineering Plastics for Electric, Hybrid Cars

BASF is expanding its range of engineering plastics for electric and hybrid vehicles, which BASF says will allow automotive manufacturers to save on weight and installation space around the battery and at the same time help to improve safety in e-mobility. Tailor-made Ultramid and Ultradur materials are now available globally … Read more »

BASF’s Marine Flotation System Has Zero Ozone Depletion, Ultra-Low Global Warming Potential

BASF’s Marine Flotation System Has Zero Ozone Depletion, Ultra-Low Global Warming Potential

BASF’s two new Autofroth Marine polyurethane systems’ foam performance keep boats afloat and have a low environmental impact with zero ozone depletion potential and ultra-low global warming potential of 1, which is 1,400 less than current hydrofluorocarbons (HFC) 134a based systems. The two new systems are: Autofroth Marine 88-B-1502 Resin/ … Read more »

DuPont Leads Chemical Firms Preparing for a Low-Carbon Economy

DuPont Leads Chemical Firms Preparing for a Low-Carbon Economy

DuPont leads the chemical industry in preparing for a low-carbon economy, according to CDP’s latest quarterly sector research report. The report ranks companies in one of the highest-emitting sectors: diversified chemicals, based on a number of emissions-related metrics which in aggregate could have a material impact on company performance. The … Read more »


World’s First Commercial Microalgae-Derived Betaine Surfactant Available

Chemical giant BASF and Solazyme, a renewable microalgae oil and ingredients company, have launched the first commercial surfactant derived from microalgae oil, a high performance algal betaine for use in home and personal care applications. Commercialized by BASF under the trade name Dehyton AO 45, algal betaine is a betaine … Read more »

Which Firms Are the Most Sustainable Brands?

Unilever is once again the most sustainable company, according to the 2015 Sustainability Leaders report, conducted by GlobeScan and SustainAbility. The survey asked 800 experts which companies are leaders in integrating sustainability into their business strategy. Unilever was the top mentioned company by a significant margin (38 percent, up five points … Read more »