Welcome to the April 2014 issue of our biobased products
market review! Each month we review the latest news from
across t...
NNFCC Market Review, April 2014, Page 2 of 17
Foreword
Welcome to the April 2014 issue of our bio-based
products market re...
NNFCC Market Review, April 2014, Page 3 of 17
Policy
European Parliament Takes Aim at
Plastic Bags
Members of the European...
NNFCC Market Review, April 2014, Page 4 of 17
MeadWestvaco, Metabolix, Myriant Corporation,
OPX, Biotechnologies, Shell Ch...
NNFCC Market Review, April 2014, Page 5 of 17
It was estimated that 51.86 wt.% of distillate just
containing dozens of sep...
NNFCC Market Review, April 2014, Page 6 of 17
Platform
chemicals
Global 1,4-butanediol market 2014 to
2020: Industry size ...
NNFCC Market Review, April 2014, Page 7 of 17
Mitsui Leads Investment in LanzaTech’s
$60M Series D Round
Source: Lanzatech...
NNFCC Market Review, April 2014, Page 8 of 17
Johnson Matthey Davy Technologies Ltd. (JM
Davy), an advanced process techno...
NNFCC Market Review, April 2014, Page 9 of 17
conditioning and pre-treatment of a variety of
biomass including underutiliz...
NNFCC Market Review, April 2014, Page 10 of 17
This significant step is only part of the
transformation by Algatech' new o...
NNFCC Market Review, April 2014, Page 11 of 17
Novara, Italy-based Novamont will own 78% of
Mater-Biopolymer, including th...
NNFCC Market Review, April 2014, Page 12 of 17
The Biofore Concept Car is designed and
manufactured by students from the H...
NNFCC Market Review, April 2014, Page 13 of 17
Solazyme Launches New Product Line:
Encapso
Solazyme, a renewable oil and b...
NNFCC Market Review, April 2014, Page 14 of 17
Biochemicals & Bioplastics Conference
2014 on 10-11 Jun in Düsseldorf,
Germ...
NNFCC Market Review, April 2014, Page 15 of 17
Ghent Bioeconomy Summer School
2014 on 25-28 Aug in Ghent, Belgium
This ann...
NNFCC Market Review, April 2014, Page 16 of 17
Price Information
Item Price, US$ (Mar 09) Price, US$ (Feb 14) % Price Chan...
NNFCC Market Review, April 2014, Page 17 of 17
NNFCC are partners in Bio Base NWE, an INTERREG IVB project
designed to acc...
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  1. 1. Welcome to the April 2014 issue of our biobased products market review! Each month we review the latest news from across the biobased chemicals and materials sector. This service is exclusively for NNFCC members. Contents Policy 3 Markets 3 Research & Development 4 Platform Chemicals 6 Fine Chemicals 9 Polymers 11 Consumer Applications 11 Events 14 Prices 16 Issue Twenty Five April 2014 NNFCC Market Review | Biobased Products
  2. 2. NNFCC Market Review, April 2014, Page 2 of 17 Foreword Welcome to the April 2014 issue of our bio-based products market review! Declining demand for printing paper, together with a promising future for new climate-friendly products, drive a reconstruction of the paper industry. Last month Innventia published the latest Innventia Global Outlook “Papermaking towards the future”. Based on an expert survey with 150 respondents from 21 different countries, interviews, workshops and teamwork, the outlook report identifies the key drivers and trends that will be increasingly important as the industry moves towards year 2030. According to the survey, 42 percent of the respondents predicted biorefining to be the most profitable investment over the coming ten years. The publication is available free of charge. An example of innovative wood biorefining is the production of filaments and carbon fibres from lignin derived from a pulp & paper mill or an advancedbioethanol refinery. Staying with wood biorefining, In March Stockholm hosted the 5th Nordic Wood Biorefinery Conference. The conference gathered 240 delegates representing 26 countries from the chemical, energy, pulp and paper industries, as well as recognised representatives from the global research community. In those three days, the conference hosted presentations of the latest ideas and developments in biorefinery separation and conversion processes as well as new biobased products from the wood based biorefinery: energy, chemicals and materials. The next Nordic Wood Biorefinery Conference will take place in Helsinki on 20-22 October, 2015. Read on for the latest market news
  3. 3. NNFCC Market Review, April 2014, Page 3 of 17 Policy European Parliament Takes Aim at Plastic Bags Members of the European Parliament’s Environment Committee have approved a report for reducing the use of single-use lightweight plastic carrier bags. The report recommends a two-stage reduction target for plastic bags across the EU’s 28 Member States. The report advances the MEPs’ process of amending the law on packaging and waste to limit the negative impacts of plastic bags on the environment, based on a proposal by the European Commission, the executive branch of the EU government. The goal of the amendment is to encourage waste prevention and reduce the number of lightweight plastic bags, defined as 50 microns or less in thickness, that litter European lands and waters. The report recommends introducing a two-stage reduction target for plastic bags by 50 percent within three years after the proposed law enters into force, and 80 percent within five years, which would come around the year 2020. To achieve the target, Member States should ensure that, at the very least, food retailers charge for plastic bags handed out at the cash register, instead of providing them free of charge, the report advises. The exact design of such charges is left up to Member States. Click here for more information. Market The American Chemistry Council creates a new Biobased Chemistry Network Source: IlBioEconomista The American Chemistry Council (ACC),whose focus is on anticipating and preventing accidents, as well as on educating the public about how to use chemical products safely, has created a new Biobased Chemistry Network to help educate policymakers on how to develop workable regulatory programs for the growing biobased chemistry industry. Global sales of this segment range from $13.5 billion to $20 billion, with the US accounting for approximately 20 percent of those sales, or $2.7 billion to $4 billion. According to the American Chemistry Council, biobased chemistry is a subcategory of industrial biotechnology. It includes the manufacture of chemical products using enzymes, micro- organisms, fermentation, or bio-catalysis at any stage of production, and also includes the manufacture of chemical products from renewable resources. Currently, the network includes 19 member companies: Akzo Nobel Chemicals, BASF Corp., Braskem America, Inc., Chevron Oronite Company, Dow Chemical, DuPont, Eastman Chemical, ExxonMobil Chemical Company, Future Fuel Chemical, Galata Chemicals, Lanxess Corp.,
  4. 4. NNFCC Market Review, April 2014, Page 4 of 17 MeadWestvaco, Metabolix, Myriant Corporation, OPX, Biotechnologies, Shell Chemical, Solvay NA, Virent. Click here for more information. RSB launches simplified certification process for Bonsucro certified entities The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) is pleased to announce that Bonsucro certified operators will now be able to access RSB certification through a simplified audit process to demonstrate compliance, therefore saving costs and time. An RSB study released today concludes that RSB and Bonsucro sustainability standards have significant overlap on most of their requirements. Supported by the ISEAL Alliance, the comparison reveals that Bonsucro certified sugarcane could be de facto considered compliant with most of the RSB's twelve Principles and Criteria. RSB has additional requirements for Rural and Social Development and Food Security. This collaboration between RSB and Bonsucro will enhance the development of advanced biomaterial pathways by increasing the supply of sustainable sugar products and ethanol material to biofuel and bioenergy producers. Click here for more information. New ecommerce site makes purchasing biobased and bio-preferred products easier 6R Supply has announced the launch of its new ecommerce site opening its biobased industrial product line for online purchasing. This site offers clients more sustainable options for industrial hydraulic fluids, lubricants, cleaners and solvents that are readily biodegradable and reduce the use of petroleum or its derivatives as base ingredients. The USDA’s BioPreferred Program was adopted through the 2002 Farm Bill to promote the increased purchase and use of biobased products that provide opportunities to increase domestic demand for renewable commodities and decrease dependence on foreign oil. Click here for more information. Research and Development Mass production of chemicals from biomass-derived oil by directly atmospheric distillation coupled with co-pyrolysis Production of renewable commodity chemicals from bio-oil derived from fast pyrolysis of biomass has received considerable interests, but has been hindered by the presence of innumerable components in bio-oil. In a research paper published by Nature, researchers from China proposed and experimentally demonstrated an innovative approach combining atmospheric distillation of bio-oil with co-pyrolysis for mass production of renewable chemicals from biomass, in which no waste was produced.
  5. 5. NNFCC Market Review, April 2014, Page 5 of 17 It was estimated that 51.86 wt.% of distillate just containing dozens of separable organic components could be recovered using this approach. Ten protogenetic and three epigenetic compounds in distillate were qualitatively identified by gas chromatography/mass spectrometry and quantified by gas chromatography. Among them, the recovery efficiencies of acetic acid, propanoic acid, and furfural were all higher than 80 wt.%. Formation pathways of the distillate components in this process were explored. This work opens up a fascinating prospect for mass production of chemical feedstock from waste biomass. Click here for more information. The next step for sustainable chemistry: a centre for industrial biotechnology in Scotland A new Centre for Industrial Biotechnology has been launched in Scotland. The centre (IbioIC) is forecast to increase IB-related turnover to up to £3 billion by 2030, create 1500 jobs within five years and put Scotland at the forefront of a global transformation. IBioIC will be a single portal for IB projects, assisting with everything from securing funding to project management and collaboration. It will be open to companies of all sizes – from start-ups to multinational giants. The centre will focus on projects that develop solutions for the manufacturing of high-value products including speciality and commodity chemicals. Whether that’s process intensification or making development cycles shorter, these IB projects will make businesses more competitive. IB will enable companies to use less water, less energy, more renewable raw materials and compact production pathways, as well as reduce their waste. Click here for more information. Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant is European front runner in industrial biotechnology In 2009 Europe defined six Key Enabling Technologies: Industrial Biotechnology, Nanotechnology, Nano- and Microelectronics, Photonics and Advanced Materials. Europe invests in these technologies to enable the shift to a low carbon, knowledge-based economy ensuring the competitiveness of European industries and the creation of jobs. To support this policy, the European Commission launched the multi-KETs Pilot Lines project; multi- KETs Pilot Lines combine several KETs under one roof. In the frame of this project, four promising European pilot facilities will be scrutinized, resulting in a tentative implementation roadmap that can be used for the further development of a systematic EU policy to support pilot and other KETs activities. Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant is one of the four selected demonstrator projects. During the coming months, its entire eco-system will be mapped out: best practices, hurdles encountered, technological and organizational aspects, financing mechanisms. Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant will (1) organize monthly guided tours for interested parties: SME’s, large companies, policy makers, and (2) host workshops to give participants insight into its daily operations. Click here for more information.
  6. 6. NNFCC Market Review, April 2014, Page 6 of 17 Platform chemicals Global 1,4-butanediol market 2014 to 2020: Industry size players outlook,analysis and forecast The global market for 1,4-butanediol (1,4-BDO) is expected to reach USD 6,947.1 million by 2020, according to a new study by Grand View Research. Growth of footwear industry, mainly in Asia Pacific, is expected to drive the market for 1,4-BDO over the forecast period. In addition, 1,4-BDO is used for manufacturing tetrahydrofuran (THF) which is further used for manufacturing spandex, a raw material for sports apparel. Growing number of global sporting events is expected to augment sport apparel demand, which is likely to reflect in 1,4-BDO market. However, volatile raw material prices coupled with stringent environment regulations, mainly in North America and Europe is expected to be a key challenge for market participants over the next six years. In order to overcome these challenges, the industry has shifted its focus towards developing bio-based 1,4-BDO which along with providing an eco-friendly solution also provides cost competitiveness against its synthetic counterpart. Some major companies developing bio-based routes to 1,4-BDO include BASF, Purac, DSM, Mitsubishi Chemicals, Myriant and Genomatica. Click here for more information. Global bioenergies: key patents granted in first country Global Bioenergies, a French company, developing a process to convert renewable resources into hydrocarbons through fermentation, has announced that the Australian Intellectual Property Office has granted two patents that protect key steps of its process for converting renewable resources into isobutene. Global Bioenergies holds exclusive exploitation rights to about twenty families of patent applications which protect its processes for converting renewable resources into isobutene, butadiene and propylene. Recently, Global Bioenergies announced that the first two applications have resulted in the granting of two patents in Australia, registered AU2009265373 and AU2010297362. Each of the granted patents protects one essential enzymatic reaction of the isobutene production pathway constructed by Global Bioenergies. The particularity of this process is that isobutene is directly produced by fermentation. It therefore differs from the only other known competing process which is much more complex as it involves a liquid precursor that must be extracted and then purified before it is finally chemically converted into isobutene. These granted patents are part of two applications that have now reached the national phase in many more territories including Europe, the United- States, China and Brazil. Click here for more information.
  7. 7. NNFCC Market Review, April 2014, Page 7 of 17 Mitsui Leads Investment in LanzaTech’s $60M Series D Round Source: Lanzatech LanzaTech, a company changing the way the world thinks about waste carbon, has attracted new strategic investors in key target markets. LanzaTech’s disruptive carbon capture and utilization technology provides a capital-efficient and cost-effective alternative to traditional carbon capture and storage (CCS). Waste gas streams captured from industrial factories can be directly converted on-site to low-carbon liquid fuels and chemicals by adding a LanzaTech facility at the source, offering the potential to reduce global CO2 levels while accessing multi-billion dollar commodities markets. Click here for more information. Gevo report Fourth Quarter 2013 Financial Results of Luverne plant from producing isobutanol and ethanol  Reports EPS of ($0.35)  Ended the fourth quarter with cash and cash equivalents of $24.6 million  Transitioning Luverne plant to the production of both isobutanol and ethanol  Produced isobutanol from mash using our yeast biocatalyst and GIFT®  Signed licensing LOI with Porta Hnos S.A. to become exclusive licensee in Argentina  Began selling bio-isooctane for high performance fuel applications Gevo has announced its financial results for the three months ended December 31, 2013 and provided an update on recent corporate highlights. Gevo has also announced that it is transitioning the Luverne plant to the production of both isobutanol and ethanol. Gevo's decision to transition to the simultaneous production of both products is a direct result of (1) the steady progress made in executing Gevo's flexible production technology strategy and (2) today's high ethanol margin environment. Producing both ethanol and isobutanol allows Gevo to fully utilize the Luverne plant and increase cash flow as Gevo continues to commercialize its isobutanol production capabilities. Click here for more information. JM Davy and Rennovia in collaboration on bio-based glucaric acid and adipic acid Renewable feedstocks used to produce chemicals for bio-based glucaric acid and adipic acid production
  8. 8. NNFCC Market Review, April 2014, Page 8 of 17 Johnson Matthey Davy Technologies Ltd. (JM Davy), an advanced process technologies company and Rennovia, Inc., a producer of chemicals from renewable feedstocks, have announced they are teaming up to undertake a start-to-finish catalytic process technologies project. The companies will develop, demonstrate and commercialise the project, which will concentrate on the production of bio-based glucaric acid and adipic acid. Together, the aim is to create and jointly license a technology package that allows these chemical products to be produced on a commercial level. Rennovia will implement their technology, which consists of the catalytic aerobic oxidation of glucose to glucaric acid, and the catalytic hydrogenation of glucaric acid to adipic acid. Click here for more information. Novozymes launches LpHera, an enzyme to make starch conversion more efficient Novozymes headquarters; Source: IlBioeconomista Novozymes – the Danish biotech company which is world leader in industrial enzymes - announced yesterday the launch of a new enzyme solution (LpHera) that helps make starch conversion more efficient. The starch industry is one of the longest- standing markets for enzymes, and within the food industry helps to produce a wide range of sweeteners and ingredients used in products ranging from soft drinks to sauces. “Customers have been asking for new ways to make starch conversion more efficient. LpHera simplifies the process and offers significant savings to starch processors,” says Thomas Nilsson, Global Launch Manager for food at Novozymes. “Through boosting yields, cutting chemical usage in half and facilitating water and energy savings, LpHera saves a starch processor up to 1 USD per metric ton of substrate. Starch plants vary in size and can process from 0.2 to over 1 million ton of substrate each year. So if a plant process 0.5 million ton of substrate, they can so save up to 0.5 million dollars per year compared to today’s technology.” Click here for more information. Fine chemicals Specialty alcohol technology with CRIBE Green Field Mobile Extruder; Source: NetNewsLedger CRIBE is partnering with GreenField Specialty Alcohols to test and develop a technology that, if successful, will lead to significant economic and operational gains for pulp mills by providing new revenue streams as well as a more efficient way to perform current processes. This is a natural extension to an earlier GreenField project supported by CRIBE, which focused on the
  9. 9. NNFCC Market Review, April 2014, Page 9 of 17 conditioning and pre-treatment of a variety of biomass including underutilized northern hardwood such as poplar. The practical application of this technology is to take GreenField’s patent pending equipment – a modified twin screw extruder used to extract and recover clean sugars – and apply it in a pulp and paper mill demonstration project at two mills including AV Terrace Bay Inc. GreenField’s technology may be beneficial as the Terrace Bay mill moves towards converting the facility from conventional NMSK pulp to a dissolved pulp process. CRIBE is providing up to $1.3 Million in funding to this project to leverage a total project cost of almost $2.7 Million. Click here for more information. Valensa supplier launches major expansion of natural astaxanthin biomass capacity A covered greenhouse facility with runways for cultivation of microalgae; Source: Contract Biotics Valensa International and Contract Biotics have announced that Contract Biotics has started construction of an additional six acres of algae production units at the company's San Diego County facility. Slated to come on-line in the fall of this year, the expansion will more than triple Contract Biotics' current biomass production and thus play a crucial role in helping Valensa meet the market demand for its line of formulated, condition-specific Astaxanthin-based products. Contract Biotics is a U.S. based wholesale producer of a wide variety of high quality algae biomass. The California facility is unique because it employs a hybrid greenhouse technology to protect the production ponds from outside contamination unlike other producers who employ "open" ponds. The use of U.S.-sourced biomass combined with its Florida-based organic certified extraction facilities makes Valensa the only "Made in America" Astaxanthin supplier on the market today. As one of the most powerful known fat-soluble antioxidants, Astaxanthin has long been recognized for its ability to protect against cell damage caused by oxidative stress. Click here for more information. Algatechnologies Invests $20 million in Natural Astaxanthin Production in Israel State-of-the-art facility in the Arava Desert, Israel; Source: AlgaTechnologies Algatechnologies ("Algatech") has announced a more than 100% expansion of its production capacity of AstaPure® brand natural astaxanthin. This doubling of capacity follows an investment of $20 million in its state-of-the-art facility in the Arava Desert, Israel.
  10. 10. NNFCC Market Review, April 2014, Page 10 of 17 This significant step is only part of the transformation by Algatech' new owners, Grovepoint, since the UK investment group acquired control of Algatech in 2013. Grovepoint's distinct aim is development and capitalization of the potential business in natural astaxanthin and related products. Click here for more information. First product from Stepan and Elevance joint development agreement is now commercially available Stepan Company, one of the leading global surfactant manufacturers, today introduced STEPOSOL® MET-10U, a novel surfactant derived from natural oils that is targeted to displace solvents. This powerful new cleaning solution is the first commercial product launched by Stepan as part of its joint development agreement with Elevance Renewable Sciences, Inc. The Development Agreement was established to develop and commercialize new surfactants and other products by combining Elevance’s novel Inherent™ building blocks with Stepan’s derivatization and application capabilities. This innovative solution utilizes a naturally derived, metathesized feedstock to form a next generation bio-based surfactant that achieves sustainability goals while improving cleaning performance. The applications for STEPOSOL® MET-10U are broad, including adhesive removal, paint and coating removal systems, kitchen degreasers and all-purpose cleaners for both consumer and industrial uses. Click here for more information. Polymers The first spool with lignin multifilaments Award winner, Hannah Schweinebarth, from Innventia Innventia has successfully produced its first spool of lignin multifilaments for further converting to carbon fibres. The filaments are based on 100% softwood kraft lignin, were produced without additives, and had an average diameter of just over 10 micrometre. Innventia is now investing in new equipment for multifilament spinning and thus enhances the establishment of a Swedish test bed for lignin- based carbon fibre. Click here for more information. Novamont buys majority stake in Mater Biopolymer Bioplastics firm Novamont SpA has acquired a majority stake in Mater-Biopolymer, a unit of PET resin maker Grupo Mossi & Ghisolfi that operates a resin plant in Lazio, Italy.
  11. 11. NNFCC Market Review, April 2014, Page 11 of 17 Novara, Italy-based Novamont will own 78% of Mater-Biopolymer, including the 83-employee Lazio plant. The plant will work exclusively for Novamont and M&G, with one line producing PET for M&G and another making Origo-Bi, a line of renewably sourced polyesters. Origo-Bi is used to improve the characteristics of Novamont’s Mater-Bi biodegradable and compostable bioplastics. The Origio-Bi production line has been modified over the last four years using proprietary Novamont technology, officials said in the news release. Novamont has an option to buy the remainder of Mater-Biopolymer by the end of 2016. Officials said that the plant — known as the Patrica plant — had become too small for the economies of scale of M&G’s PET production, but was an ideal size for Novamont. After the technological conversion, including the second production line, the plant “will be perfectly suited” to large-scale production of Origo-Bi, they added. Click here for more information. Consumer Applications Tetra Pak launches first bio-based cap for gable top packages Tetrapak’s new biobased opening for gable top packages Manufactured using high density polyethylene (HDPE) derived from sugar cane, the bio-based version of TwistCap OSO 34 marks another step forward in Tetra Pak’s ambition to make fully renewable packages. In 2013, the company delivered 1.1 billion bio-caps globally, an increase of more than 80% over the previous year. 80% of the material in a one-litre Tetra Rex® carton is paperboard, which is made from wood, a renewable resource. By introducing the new bio- based cap, the content of renewable material in the package increases by an additional 4%, helping to further improve the environmental performance of the package without compromising its functionality or recyclability. Tetra Pak customers using the standard TwistCap OSO 34 can easily transfer to the bio-based version without the need for any additional investment or modification to their existing filling machines. Click here for more information. UPM and Metropolia present 'The Biofore Concept Car' Metropolia Biofore Concept Car; Source: UPM The Biofore Concept Car showcases the use of UPM’s innovative biomaterials in the automotive industry. The majority of parts traditionally made from plastics are replaced with high quality, safe and durable biomaterials, UPM Formi and UPM Grada, which can significantly improve the overall environmental performance of car manufacturing.
  12. 12. NNFCC Market Review, April 2014, Page 12 of 17 The Biofore Concept Car is designed and manufactured by students from the Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences. Parts made of UPM Grada thermoformable wood material are the passenger compartment floor, centre console, display panel cover and door panels. Grada technology revitalises the forming of wood with heat and pressure, and opens up new opportunities for designs not achievable with traditional methods. Parts made of UPM Formi biocomposite include front mask, side skirts, dashboard, door panels and interior panels. UPM Formi is a durable, high quality biocomposite for injection moulding, extrusion and thermoforming production. Consisting of renewable fibres and plastic, the material is non-toxic, odourless and uniform in quality. Click here for more information. ADM Evolution Chemicals™ and Hawkins introduce chill-pro biobased heat transfer fluid Archer Daniels Midland Company and Hawkins have introduced Chill-Pro, a USDA Certified Biobased heat transfer fluid made using ADM Evolution Chemicals™ propylene glycol. Chill-Pro is designed to maintain a constant temperature and provide superior freeze protection for closed- loop, water-based HVAC systems. It is formulated with a comprehensive food-grade inhibitor package that provides corrosion protection without reducing the efficiency of the system components. The corrosion inhibitors first passivate the surface of the metal to maximize the corrosion resistance and then buffer the organic acids formed through the glycol oxidation process to prevent the fluids from becoming too acidic. Click here for more information. DSM's EcoPaXX is selected by Dytech for Ferrari and Maserati fuel vapor separators AVA Biochem; Sounrce: BiomassMag Royal DSM, the global Life Sciences and Materials Sciences company, announces that its bio-based high performance EcoPaXX® polyamide 410 has been selected by Dytech-Dynamic Fluid Technologies for the fuel vapour separators it produces for Ferrari and Maserati sports cars. This solution, in halogen-free flame retardant EcoPaXX Q-KGS6, will increase the fire safety of the cars by combining flame retardancy with a high level of chemical resistance, essential for this application. The fuel vapor separator is an important element of the complete fuel delivery system in road vehicles. It separates vapors from liquid fuel coming out from the fuel tank, and prevents the liquid fuel reaching - and contaminating - the fuel vapor canister. EcoPaXX has, in addition to its unique technical performance, an extra advantage in that polyamide 410 is 70% derived from renewable resources and is certified Carbon Neutral from cradle to gate. Click here for more information.
  13. 13. NNFCC Market Review, April 2014, Page 13 of 17 Solazyme Launches New Product Line: Encapso Solazyme, a renewable oil and bioproducts company, has announced its entry into the oil and gas drilling fluids additive market. Building upon its proprietary platform of high performance, sustainable TailoredTM oils, Solazyme has introduced Encapso TM , the world's first encapsulated biodegradable lubricant for drilling fluids designed to deliver high-grade lubricant precisely at the point of friction where and when needed most. Encapso's efficacy has been demonstrated both in the lab and in the field in over a dozen commercial wells in a number of basins including the Williston Basin, Denver-Julesburg, and the Permian Basin. Encapso™ increases drilling speed and control, and protects valuable equipment. The majority of work so far has been done in horizontal wells, helping demonstrate Encapso's strong performance capabilities when it comes to "building the curve"—or the point where an unconventional well transitions from vertical to horizontal. This is often when drilling engineers find the most difficulty managing drilling friction. Improving the speed and efficiency of drilling translates directly to cost savings for well operators. Click here for more information. Events LCA Workshops on 29-30 April in York, UK Following the success of our previous Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) workshops, NNFCC and North Energy bring you two new training workshops providing you with insight into how LCA's work and their applications. The workshops take place over two days;  Day 1: 29 April 2014. Introduction to LCA Workshop  Day 2: 30 April 2014. Advanced LCA Workshop. Seaweed for Biofuel on 21 May in Oban, Scotland Seaweed for Biofuel is organised by the Algal Bioenergy Special Interest Group and Innovation Norway and is aimed at enhancing collaboration and addressing supply chain challenges around developing a sustainable and robust algal biofuel network. This is an NNFCC Event
  14. 14. NNFCC Market Review, April 2014, Page 14 of 17 Biochemicals & Bioplastics Conference 2014 on 10-11 Jun in Düsseldorf, Germany Through a combination of informative presentations, interactive discussions and sessions this event will explore the key opportunities and challenges facing the biochemicals and bioplastics industries. The Algae Event on 25 Jun in Hamburg, Germany Providing a better understanding on how algae fit into the current biomass industry and how they could contribute to a sustainable bioeconomy in the future. EnAlgae is co-organising a stand-alone conference session on algae within the EU Biomass Conference and Exhibition in Hamburg. European Biorefining Training School 2014 on 7-10 Jul in Budapest, Hungary The 3rd Biorefining Training School will be organized under the Climate- KIC’s European-wide umbrella with the cooperation of the founding institutes. Having realized the importance of the bioeconomy, the EU is focusing its efforts on the development of a variety of enabling technologies and the collection of the necessary knowledge required to bring biorefineries into the industrial arena. Opportunities in Fuels and Chemicals from Syngas and Methane Fermentation on 16 Jul in London, UK Organised by the SCI Science and Enterprise group and Bio Base NWE, the main theme of the conference will be gasification of biomass and wastes to produce synthesis gas (syngas), and conversion of syngas and methane from a variety of sources into liquid fuels and chemicals. This conference will explore the technologies being developed and their commercial potential. 2nd UK Conference on Supercritical Fluids on 20-22 Jul in Bangor Wales It is now ten years since the first UK conference on supercritical fluids was held at Birmingham University in 2004 and many new applications have been developed since this event. This year also marks the 25th anniversary of the BioComposites Centre at Bangor University and we are therefore pleased to announce that we will be hosting a supercritical fluids conference in July 2014. This is an NNFCC Event
  15. 15. NNFCC Market Review, April 2014, Page 15 of 17 Ghent Bioeconomy Summer School 2014 on 25-28 Aug in Ghent, Belgium This annual summer school offers a comprehensive overview of the biobased economy, addressing its technological as well as societal aspects. Previous editions attracted over 50 participants from all over the world, who got to interact with experts from both academia and industry. 2nd International Conference on Algal Biorefinery on 27-29 Aug in Copenhagen, Denmark This international conference aims to share research experience on aquatic biomass resources, both micro-, and macroalgae as a potential source of food, feed, biochemical, biofuels and biofertlizers. The Bioenergy from Forest Conference on 15-18 Sep in Helsinki, Finland The Conference will focus on the factors affecting the future of bioenergy and biobased modern technologies and business solutions, including logistic systems, management, total procurement chains, the effects of the energy markets, the influence of green marketing and other trends affecting forestry, agriculture, industry and climate. EFIB 2014 on 30 Sep – 2 Oct in reims, France EFIB 2014 will be the 7th European Forum for Industrial Biotechnology and the Biobased Economy. The conference gives an insight into this exciting and rapidly evolving landscape and be part of the process of building a stronger more sustainable biobased economy. 9th European Bioplastics Conference on 2-3 Dec 2014 in Brussels, Belgium European Bioplastics is delighted to announce the 9th European Bioplastics Conference - the leading international business forum for the bioplastics industry in Europe. Each year, about 400 experts from around the globe come together and demonstrate the conference’s tremendous effectiveness in information exchange and networking.
  16. 16. NNFCC Market Review, April 2014, Page 16 of 17 Price Information Item Price, US$ (Mar 09) Price, US$ (Feb 14) % Price Change Crude oil (petroleum, barrel) 46.95 ↑ 104.82 145 Maize (corn, metric ton) 164.52 ↑209.32 22 Sugar (pound) 0.1293 ↑ 0.1666 16 Rapeseed oil (metric ton) 731.63 ↑ 974.82 24 Soybean oil (metric ton) 694.16 ↑ 873.66 18 Ethanol (gallon) 1.62 ↓ 2.02 30 Arrows indicate rise (↑), constant (–) or fall (↓) from previous month. For details on indexes please see www.indexmundi.com/commodities: Crude Oil (petroleum), simple average of three spot prices; Dated Brent, West Texas Intermediate, and the Dubai Fateh; Sugar free market price. Historic ethanol prices available at http://www.neo.ne.gov For details on the nature of these commodities please see http://www.imf.org Credits and Disclaimer NNFCC Market Review is edited by Dr Efthalia Arvaniti for NNFCC members. Feedback is welcome. The Review has been compiled in good faith and NNFCC does not accept responsibility for any inaccuracies or the products or services shown. 0 50 100 150 200 250 300 Priceindex(relativeterms) Comparison of Price Indexes (2005 = 100) Agricultural Raw Materials Food Crude Oil (Petroleum)
  17. 17. NNFCC Market Review, April 2014, Page 17 of 17 NNFCC are partners in Bio Base NWE, an INTERREG IVB project designed to accelerate the growth of the bio-based economy in North West Europe For more information on the project click here and to learn about funding opportunities click here. NNFCC The Bioeconomy Consultants NNFCC, Biocentre, Phone: +44 (0)1904 435182 York Science Park, Fax: +44 (0)1904 435345 Innovation Way, E: enquiries@nnfcc.co.uk Heslington, York, Web: www.nnfcc.co.uk YO10 5DG.

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