Trans Western Chemicals, Prom USA Sign Distribution Agreement

Coatings World | March 17, 2020

Specialty chemical distributor Trans Western Chemicals signed an exclusive distribution agreement with Prom USA for the Western U.S., effective Feb. 28, 2020. Headquartered in Foxborough, MA, Prom USA is a sustainable manufacturer of specialty biocides including BIT, CMIT, Bronopol, and DBNPA just to name a few, with applications in a variety of markets including CASE, HI&I, and Personal Care. I am pleased to be working with a distributor as reputable and experienced as Trans Western Chemicals, who will give us the expanded sales coverage we need to support these critically important biocide actives,” said Bernard Franc, VP of Prom USA. “As the list of cost-effective and commercially acceptable biocide actives only gets smaller, Prom is committed to the longevity of these strategically important actives to benefit US businesses.


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Braskem Joins Greentown Labs as a Gigawatt Partner

Braskem | December 01, 2022

Braskem the largest polyolefins producer in the Americas, as well as a market leader and pioneer producer of biopolymers on an industrial scale, today announced it has joined Greentown Labs, the largest climatetech startup incubator in North America, as a Gigawatt Partner. Making the announcement, Jake Harrison, Open Innovation Specialist, Braskem America, stated, "We are truly delighted to join the Greentown Labs partner ecosystem to expand our opportunity to engage and collaborate with emerging startups building solutions in the materials, chemicals, recycling, and energy arenas. This like-minded community shares our commitment to a more sustainable future and discovering innovative solutions that support our vision for a low-carbon circular economy. As a new Gigawatt Partner, Braskem will connect with a dedicated community of entrepreneurs and utilize our strength and expertise to bring essential technologies to more sustainable materials and chemicals markets." Greentown Labs offers more than 200 startups in Boston, MA, Houston, TX, and globally the expertise, resources, and support they need to change the world. Whether that involves introductions to strategic partners or high-end equipment or the community itself, less than a decade after its founding Greentown has buoyed hundreds of cutting-edge startups that are tackling climate change head-on. "The climate crisis urgently demands sweeping climatetech deployment across all sectors of the economy. While startups bring innovative solutions, partnering with corporations such as Braskem creates pathways to accelerate commercialization and scale. Braskem is uniquely positioned to help decarbonize the plastics sector and move us toward a truly circular economy, and we are proud to have them join our network of corporate partners. We look forward to seeing many fruitful engagements between their industry experts and our entrepreneurs." Greentown Labs CEO Dr. Emily Reichert Braskem's goal is to be a global leader in sustainable development in the petrochemical industry. As a Greentown Labs Gigawatt Partner, Braskem will participate alongside industry and sector peers in fostering new technologies that are aligned with its sustainability targets. Additionally, Braskem will participate in innovation days, forums, and other Greentown ecosystem events. From promoting plastic circularity to driving the bio-based materials revolution, Braskem is committed to diminishing the dependency on finite resources and reducing carbon emissions while generating a positive impact for a better society. Braskem has clearly stated targets for growing the company's recycled content product portfolio to sales of 300,000 tons by 2025 and 1 million tons by 2030. Braskem's transition to a circular economy is deeply rooted in mechanical and advanced recycling solutions. By engaging and investing in partnership with other value-chain players, the company is strengthening mechanical and advanced recycling, overcoming barriers, and ensuring the increased production of high-quality recycled material. All these initiatives are aligned with Braskem's feedstock diversification strategy and its macro goals of expanding the circular economy concept in the plastics chain and becoming a carbon-neutral company by 2050. ABOUT GREENTOWN LABS Greentown Labs is a community of climate action pioneers working to design a more sustainable world. As the largest climatetech startup incubator in North America, Greentown Labs brings together startups, corporates, investors, policymakers, and many others with a focus on scaling climate solutions. Driven by the mission of providing startups the resources, knowledge, connections, and equipment they need to thrive, Greentown Labs offers lab space, shared office space, a machine shop, an electronics lab, software and business resources, and a large network of corporate customers, investors, and more. With incubators in Somerville, Mass. and Houston, Texas, Greentown Labs is home to more than 200 startups and has supported more than 500 since the incubator's founding in 2011. These startups have collectively created more than 9,000 jobs and have raised more than $4 billion in funding. ABOUT BRASKEM With a global vision of the future oriented toward people and sustainability, Braskem is committed to contributing to the value chain for strengthening the Circular Economy. The petrochemical company's almost 8,000 team members dedicate themselves every day to improve people's lives through sustainable chemicals and plastics solutions. Braskem has an innovative DNA and a comprehensive portfolio of plastic resins and chemical products for diverse segments, such as food packaging, construction, manufacturing, automotive, agribusiness, healthcare, and hygiene, among others. With 40 industrial units in Brazil, the United States, Mexico, and Germany, and exports its products to clients in more than 70 countries.

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CAS Introducing Transformational Capabilities to Accelerate Life Sciences Innovation

CAS | December 19, 2022

CAS, a division of the American Chemical Society specializing in scientific information solutions, announced several initiatives to once again transform scientific research, and empower more rapid discovery for life sciences innovation. CAS is expanding its comprehensive, highly structured, human-curated scientific data with the introduction of life sciences assets. The CAS Content CollectionTM now includes exhaustive biological sequences and bioactivity information designed to accelerate early-stage drug discovery research, with future additions including antibodies, omics, and more. CAS is collaborating with Chemotargets to leverage Clarity® to serve as its technology foundation for rapid development, with future investments driving integration and expansion to cover the end-to-end pharmaceutical R&D workflow and accelerate therapeutic innovation. “Unique insights derived from combining high-quality, comprehensive CAS scientific data with new technologies will enable drug discovery scientists to efficiently analyze how a modification in molecular structure may change the effect or toxicity of a drug, to evaluate drug-target-disease relationships, to assess freedom to operate in an area, and ultimately to design better, safer drugs with less financial risk. Our goal is to empower every aspect of drug discovery across scientific disciplines, including biology, and this expansion reflects a historic milestone on our path to accelerate life sciences research.” Manuel Guzman, President, CAS CAS recently established a Life Sciences Industry Advisory Board comprising a world-class panel of global thought leaders from commercial, academic, and government organizations. These experts serve as trusted advisors, directing our scientific journey as we combine authoritative content with groundbreaking predictive technologies that span the spectrum of life sciences workflows. Under their advisement, CAS life sciences investments will continue, with focused content and capabilities to drive better decisions early in the drug discovery process… from understanding disease progression with its comprehensive biological pathway data to assessing the effectiveness of investigational drugs with enriched molecular biomarker data. “Our enhanced capabilities, including predictive pharmacology tools and analytical visualization of drug-target-disease interactions, will be a leap forward for medicinal chemists and other drug discovery professionals,” according to Tim Wahlberg, Chief Product Officer, CAS. “Scientists will be able to leverage the most advanced relevance engine in the industry alongside new capabilities, not only to find inspiration for new ideas, but also to predict the viability and safety of drug candidates very early in the drug discovery process.” About CAS CAS is a leader in scientific information solutions, partnering with innovators around the world to accelerate scientific breakthroughs. CAS employs over 1,400 experts who curate, connect, and analyze scientific knowledge to reveal unseen connections. For over 100 years, scientists, patent professionals, and business leaders have relied on CAS solutions and expertise to provide the hindsight, insight, and foresight they need so they can build upon the learnings of the past to discover a better future.

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IDTechEx Asks What the Technology Developments Are Pushing the Frontiers of Chemical Recycling

IDTechEx | December 12, 2022

Chemical recycling of plastic waste is gaining momentum. Headlines on investments, planned expansions, and real-world product launches are all accelerating in frequency and scale. Is this market now at a stage of implementation at scale, regulatory developments, and improving tracking & accounting methodologies, or are there still necessary technology developments? In this article, IDTechEx explores the early-stage technologies for chemical recycling and assesses the players and likely commercial impact. For an independent analysis on the chemical recycling market, see the brand new IDTechEx market report, "Chemical Recycling and Dissolution of Plastics 2023-2033". The concept of chemical recycling is taking an end-of-life plastic back to either its monomeric feedstock or further upstream to raw materials and allowing it to re-enter the value chain at virgin-grade quality, in theory, an infinite number of times. There remains a large amount of criticism of this space, particularly concerning the economic and environmental viability, with lobbying and activism groups very prominent on both sides of the debate. As with everything, the reality is more nuanced. Are these processes the perfect solution to all our sustainable polymer needs? No. Do they have no merits whatsoever, particularly in tackling a percentage of plastic waste that mechanical recycling cannot satisfy and would otherwise end up in landfill? Also no. Of course, the sustainability conversation is broader than simply focusing on chemical recycling, but this article will leave this debate to one side and focus on the current and emerging technical solutions. One of the more notable technology developments in a related field is hydrothermal liquefaction. Here, supercritical water and a catalyst are used to break mixed polymers into long chain hydrocarbons. One of the reported advantages is the ability to tolerate lower quality mixed material feedstocks, specifically those with a higher proportion of PVC, which is a key problem in pyrolysis. As with pyrolysis, this is not new, but young companies are gaining significant momentum, the most notable being Licella. Through joint ventures and other engagements, the core technology from Licella has progressed to strategic partnerships and planned projects with the likes of Dow, Mitsubishi Chemical, and LG Chem. Similarly, gasification is also not a new process and has been extensively deployed to remove municipal solid waste particularly in Japan. What is changing is the idea that syngas generated need not be used for on-site energy, but rather it can be purified and converted into longer chain hydrocarbons, methanol, or ethanol. With the ability to use MSW, gasification acts as the final option for any circularity before incineration. Players are exploring this. Enerkem is one of the more notable players, and their first commercial plant opened in 2014. As of late 2022, Enerkem has a further plant under construction for 2023, and two more are being planned. It should be noted that, as with pyrolysis, although the product can re-enter the supply chain, it often does not and is instead used as a fuel. Although not discussed in this article, other processes should not be overlooked. This varies from developing polymers with dynamic bonds to facilitate the circular economy, to the secondary recycling process for the dissolution or purification of plastics. The latter is not chemical recycling but is a promising route to achieving higher-grade materials than other mechanical routes without needing to go so far back up the value chain. This is gaining commercial activity through the likes of Trinseo, Purecycle Technologies, APK, Polystyvert, and Worn Again; as with the other processes, many of the younger technology providers can boast partnerships with major companies across the plastic value chain. As can be seen, there are lots of scientific developments and engineering challenges in this field that should not be overlooked amongst all the noise in this field. IDTechEx has launched a leading report on the topic, "Chemical Recycling and Dissolution of Plastics 2023-2033". IDTechEx are independent and have provided a comprehensive overview of the market, including interview-based player profiles, technology appraisals and 10-year market forecasts. About IDTechEx IDTechEx guides your strategic business decisions through its Research, Subscription and Consultancy products, helping you profit from emerging technologies.

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Babcock & Wilcox Announces Agreement to Study Development of Biomass-to-Hydrogen Project in South Korea Using BrightLoop™ Technology

Babcock & Wilcox | November 22, 2022

Babcock & Wilcox announced that it has signed an agreement with NRG Korea to study the applicability of B&W’s BrightLoop™ technology for a hydrogen generation facility using biomass fuel in South Korea. B&W’s BrightLoop chemical looping technology is part of its ClimateBright™ suite of decarbonization and hydrogen technologies. The BrightLoop process uses a proprietary, regenerable particle and has been demonstrated to effectively separate carbon dioxide while producing hydrogen, steam and/or syngas, and is ready for commercial scale-up. B&W and NRG have signed a memorandum of understanding to study the technology and potentially develop the project, which would use waste biomass as feedstock to produce hydrogen for fuel cells used for electrical generation. “As the energy transition accelerates, clean hydrogen from net-carbon neutral sources will play an increasingly important role in energy generation. B&W’s BrightLoop technology is a cutting-edge solution for hydrogen generation from virtually any fuel stock, and, depending on a customer’s needs, also can be used to isolate CO2 for capture or use, and produce steam or syngas. BrightLoop is a flexible solution with a wide array of potential applications.” Joe Buckler, B&W Senior Vice President, Clean Energy “We’re excited to have the opportunity to work closely with NRG to develop this groundbreaking clean energy project,” Buckler said. Jay Kim, Chief Executive Officer of NRG Korea said, “NRG Korea is excited to be cooperating with Babcock & Wilcox, a world-renowned technology leader, in the development of this unique and innovative energy project. We see this project as a significant development in the renewable energy space by generating clean electrical power using green hydrogen produced from a renewable waste-based fuel.” NRG Korea, established in 2008, is a Korean company specializing in waste processing and manufacture of alternative fuels and holds a number of patents related to their unique processing technologies. B&W’s ClimateBright suite of revolutionary decarbonization technologies are designed to help utilities and industry aggressively combat greenhouse gas emissions and climate change. These technologies have application for a wide range of industries including energy production, food manufacturing, steel, cement, oil and gas, pharmaceutical, petrochemical, carbon black, and pulp and paper. About Babcock & Wilcox Headquartered in Akron, Ohio, Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises, Inc. is a leader in energy and environmental products and services for power and industrial markets worldwide.

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