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Trading Firm Kato Sansho Jointly Develops Biomass Additive Series

Kato Sansho Co. Ltd. has worked with Ichinen Chemicals Co. Ltd. to develop One Bio, a series of biomass additives derived from plants. One Bio B-001 is an 80 percent plant-derived additive that can be simply mixed with polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) – materials which make up around half of Japan’s plastics market – to raise the biomass content...

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Riken, Yokohama Rubber and Zeon Develop Technology for Bio-Production of Butadiene

The Bio-monomer Production Laboratory has developed a new, world-first technology able to efficiently create butadiene from biomass. Consisting of members from Riken, Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5101) and Zeon Corp. (TYO:4205), the research team has then succeeded at using butadiene created with this technology to produce butadiene rubber. At present, butadiene is produced industrially from fossil resources such as petroleum....

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Achilles Launches Eco-Friendly Soft PVC Sheet Made With Biomass Materials

Achilles Corp. (TYO:5142) has developed what it is calling AM-01, an eco-friendly, soft polyvinyl chloride (PVC) sheet made using biomass as part of its raw materials. The sheet has been certified with the Biomass Mark from the Japan Organics Recycling Association (JORA), and Achilles has used the material to launch sales of the world’s first biomass-based desk mat. This new...

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Lanxess Develops Plant-Derived Processing Promoter for Rubber

Lanxess AG recently used its Aktiplast PP series of rubber processing promoters as a framework to develop Aktiplast PP-veg, a new product made using plant-derived raw materials. As a processing promoter, Aktiplast PP gets added into rubber compounds and used for the production of both tires and various technical rubber products. The newly developed Aktiplast PP-veg uses sustainable materials as...

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Zeon Co-Develops New Technology to Produce Isoprene From Biomass

Zeon Corp. (TYO:4205) has worked with the Institute of Physical and Chemical Research (Riken) and Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5101) to co-develop a new technology for producing isoprene – a raw material used in synthetic rubber – from biomass in a stable and efficient manner. By constructing a world-first artificial pathway and creating highly active enzymes, the research project has...

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Kasco to Sell Golf Balls with Jointly Developed Eucommia Elastomer Covers

Golf equipment maker Kasco Corp. has announced that it will next April release a new golf ball made using eucommia elastomer. The ball, branded the Biospin, will be a high-end product with a suggested retail price of 1,000 yen ($8.88) per ball. The cover material is made with trans-1,4-polyisoprene, an inedible biomass produced by the Eucommia ulmoides tree – also...

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