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Agreement for Production of Bio-based Polymers - AkzoNobel and Itaconix

Published on 2017-02-07. Author : SpecialChem

AkzoNobel has signed a framework joint development agreement with specialty chemicals company Itaconix to explore opportunities for the production of bio-based polymers.


Itaconix


Itaconic Acid into Bio-based Polymers


With this agreement, AkzoNobel will pursue the development and commercialization of bio-based polymers. Itaconix will contribute a proprietary polymerization technology to turn itaconic acid – obtained from sugars through fermentation – into polymers.

Peter Nieuwenhuizen, RD&I Director for AkzoNobel’s Specialty Chemicals business explains:

“This innovation enables the production of polymers from renewable ingredients, which fits closely with our Planet Possible sustainability agenda of doing more with less. 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. Kevin Matthews, CEO of Revolymer, said: “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.”

Nieuwenhuizen added that the deal is the latest example of AkzoNobel’s commitment to fostering innovation and approaching the topic in an open and collaborative way.

About AkzoNobel

AkzoNobel creates everyday essentials to make people's lives more liveable and inspiring. Backed by a pioneering heritage, its innovative products and sustainable technologies are designed to meet the growing demands of our fast-changing planet, while making life easier. Headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, it has approximately 45,000 people in around 80 countries, while its portfolio includes well-known brands such as Dulux, Sikkens, International, Interpon and Eka.

About Itaconix

Itaconix Corporation is among the world leaders in polymers from itaconic acid. It produces polymers that achieve three essential objectives — safety, performance, and sustainability

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Source: AkzoNobel
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