AkzoNobel, Itaconix partner produce biobased polymers

AkzoNobel, Itaconix partner to produce biobased polymers

10:08 AM, 30th January 2017
AkzoNobel, Itaconix to produce biobased polymers
The companies will together produce bio-based polymers.

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS: AkzoNobel NV said it has agreed with specialty chemicals company Itaconix to produce bio-based polymers. AkzoNobel will develop and commercialize bio-based polymers, while Itaconix will contribute a proprietary polymerization technology to turn itaconic acid - obtained from sugars through fermentation - into polymers.

“This innovation enables the production of polymers from renewable ingredients, which fits closely with our Planet Possible sustainability agenda of doing more with less,” said Peter Nieuwenhuizen, RD&I director, specialty chemicals business, AkzoNobel. “These bio-based polymers offer unique properties in applications essential to our everyday lives, ranging from water quality to cleaning and hygiene.”

Itaconix is a US subsidiary of Revolymer, which is also working with AkzoNobel on a marine coatings project. “AkzoNobel has worldwide capabilities to utilize our itaconic acid polymers in many application areas. We believe this agreement is an important step for the further development of bio-based chemistry on a large scale,” said Kevin Matthews, CEO, Revolymer.

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