InterContinental Shanghai Pudong
*Next Generation Biobased Building Blocks*
Addressing the dynamics of the biobased chemicals business is CMT’s BiobasedChemAsia. The summit will be deliberating on multi-dimensional aspects of the biobased chemical markets.
As a stakeholder you will find a response to all the unresolved issues at this summit. You will network with key experts to discuss the key leverages needed for success.
Markets for bio-based products is expected to stimulate a new wave of innovation, leading to green fuels, chemicals and materials.
You will gain first hand knowledge about the complexities of managing the bio based business ranging from feedstock generation to conversion technologies to product development.
BiobasedChemAsia summit will bring on a single platform top experts to discuss, debate and deliberate several complex linkages and patterns emerging globally.
The summit will provide 360° perspective of biobased chemical industry in Asia and beyond.
Surely, an event that you
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BiobasedChemAsia is designed to bring forth the complexities of managing new biobased chemical value chain. The summitwill address future challenges for Asian companies even as they embark on a new path.
Exclusive BiobasedChemAsia Interview
CMT recently caught up with one of many distinguished speakers due to speak at the BiobasedChemAsia conference on 14-15 April 2011 in Shanghai. In the informal discussion, Mr. Peter J. Nieuwenhuizen, AkzoNobel N.V.’s Director of Future-proof Supply Chains, shared some insights on AkzoNobel’s approach to renewable raw materials & its plans on achieving sustainability.
In anticipation of the BiobasedChemAsia due to convene in April, CMT caught up with invited speaker Mr. Peter Nieuwenhuizen, Director of Future-proof Supply Chains, AkzoNobel N.V., for the company’s perspective on the biobased chemicals trend. Mr. Nieuwenhuizen is among major brand owners especially lined-up to actively participate and contribute first-hand insights in a Roundtable session entitled “Bracing the Green Trend – How soon? How much?”.
As the largest global paints and coatings company and a major producer of specialty chemicals, AkzoNobel is already an extensive user of renewable raw materials (RRM). Notably, as stated in the company website, nearly 50% of its surfactants and personal care products under Surface Chemistry are derived from natural products, while Decorative Paints are now selling latex paints based on vegetable oils.
With regard to the company’s recent projects involving the use of RRM, Mr. Nieuwenhuizen said, “We are currently actively looking into the use of glycerin-based epichlorohydrine, non-BPA epoxy and others.”
Mr. Nieuwenhuizen further went on to reveal AkzoNobel’s assessment process when sourcing for biobased chemicals. “Does it have a real impact? Is the cost of using the material not much higher? These are some of the important factors we consider.”
He shared that among main challenges encountered in using biobased materials is the availability of supply. In addition to this, one has to determine comparability in terms of specifications.
At present, according to Mr. Nieuwenhuizen, consumer acceptance towards biobased products has been good as long as “there is no impact on product performance”.
“Currently, RRM are not being actively marketed to consumers, but this may change,” he said.
More opinions & critical analysis from Mr. Nieuwenhuizen plus other brand owners including Henkel and Unilever will take centre stage at the BiobasedChemAsia. The conference will also feature presentations on development of biobased building blocks and supply sources of renewable feedstocks.
Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM), one of the world’s largest agricultural processors has been producing bioethanol and amino acid from corn for a long time. In recent years, they have branched into biobased chemical production.
In August 11, 2010, ADM announced that it has begun offering its corn-based isosorbide to the market as potential alternative to bisphenol-A (BPA) in plastics and other chemical applications.
ADM’s glycerin-based propylene glycol plant in Decatur, Illinois, USA is touted to be operational by the end of the year.
Their PHA (poly-hydroxy-alkanoates) plant in Clinton, Iowa, USA, began production last year (2010).
ADM also has a collaboration with Polyone to develop biobased plasticizer.
The BiobasedChemAsia conference is happy to welcome Mr Kentaro Ono, Director of New Business Development of ADM Far East Ltd, the latest speaker to join the speaker panel. In his presentation, he will reveal insights on opportunities for renewable chemicals, impact and needs. In particular, he will touch on chemical opportunities, technological challenges and commercial efforts being undertaken as the company expands its portfolio in the industrial chemicals market segment.
Additionally, the company is also slated to share experiences in a key Roundtable Discussion entitled “Critical Success Factors and Challenges to Commercializing Biobased Chemical”.
Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the launch of a new Biobased product label as part of its BioPreferred Program. This voluntary product certification and labeling program aims to clearly identify biobased products made from renewable resources and promote the sale & use of these products to consumers.
With this added boost to the global biobased chemical industry, what will be the outlook for the sector in the coming year? What are the key strategies and plans for renewable chemicals companies in achieving commercialization for their biobased products?
To answer these questions and more, the BiobasedChemAsia summit (Shanghai, 14-15 April 2011) will gather an international panel of experts to provide first-hand insights. One may view the full agenda here.
Myriant Technologies will build the world’s largest biobased succinic acid plant at Louisiana’s Port of Lake Providence, the firm’s CEO, Stephen J. Gatto, announced on Dec. 28 in a joint statement with Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.
The $80 million Myriant plant will use sorghum as a feedstock to produce up to 15,000 tons of succinic acid per year. The project received $50 million in Department of Energy funding last year as part of the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009. DOE has named succinic acid one of the top 12 biobased products with potential as chemical building blocks.
The plant will begin operations in 2012, Myriant says, and will employ 49 workers. It will be the first plant to make biobased succinic acid on a commercial scale.
Source: Chemical & Engineering News, January 10, 2011
Alif Saleh,Senior Director, Specialty Chemicals, Myriant Technologies will join other biobased industry figures in a Roundtable Discussion at the upcoming BiobasedChemAsia summit. Entitled “Critical Success Factors and Challenges to Commercializing Biobased Chemical”, the panel of experts will address pertinent issues on:
- Feedstock options
- Economics of value chain from biomass to market place products
- Choosing the right technology
- Uncovering new applications and superior material solutions
- Which business model to adopt? (open innovation, buy-in of technologies etc.)
- Managing supply chain complexities
- How to drive adoption?
Other leading biobased authorities on the panel include Dr. Karl Sanford, VP Technology Development, Genencor/ Danisco.
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