This final installment of a three-part plant profile of Virent, takes you inside their bio-based paraxylene operations to find out how they're helping green the chemicals scene.
An environmental health coalition expects a majority of U.S. states to consider legislation to alter their chemical regulations this year.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's labels for vehicle fuel efficiency do not show a complete picture of the ownership costs for hybrid and electric cars and are likely ineffective in affecting consumer choices, according to a recently released study.
The report particularly concerns dichloromethane, which has a wide variety of industrial uses, including as a paint remover, cleaning agent, solvent and fumigant.
Gasoline prices can spike for all kinds of reasons that make skeptical drivers roll their eyes: "tension" in the Middle East, a refinery suddenly shuts down for maintenance, or the annual springtime switch to summer blends of gasoline.
The plunge in oil prices has made many biofuel companies wring their hands. But Virent says it's just a matter of time before biofuels — like the ones they are producing — will again be a viable and needed part of the energy equation.
China is responsible for 2.4 million tons of plastic that makes its way into the ocean, nearly 28 percent of the world total, while the United States contributes just 77,000 tons, which is less than 1 percent, according to the study published Thursday in the journal Science.
The report from the Campaign for Healthier Solutions — a coalition of health, community and environmental groups — included test results for 164 products found in retailers commonly called dollar stores, including toys, jewelry and household products.
Henk van der Ven, the vice president of Processes and IT for International Flavors and Fragrances, has been involved in systems analytics for manufacturing for over 20 years. He recently sat down with us and SAP Chemicals conference producer, Thomas Martin, to discuss some of the most significant trends impacting the marketplace.
Last week BP Chief Executive Bob Dudley weighed in on one of the most important — and heated — discussions facing manufacturers today: the direction of oil prices. Dudley announced dour confidence that crude prices would stay below $100 for a “long time.”
According to the recently resleased research, there were nine fluorinated compounds in the data that stood out in only the firefighters’ blood, either exclusively or in higher concentrations — four of them are mystery compounds that have never been publically reported.
For 31 years Wes Dean has been supporting production, maintenance, IT and warehouse operations — the majority of that time being spent in the Coors and MillerCoors family. He’ll also be a featured speaker at the upcoming SAP-Centric EAM Conference taking place March 8-11.
In the 1970s, the environmental movement had no bigger political hero than California Gov. Jerry Brown. He cracked down on polluters, ended tax breaks for oil companies and promoted solar energy. Forty years later, in his second go-around as governor, conservationists are among his harshest critics.
The market research included companies such as BASF, Exxon Mobil, Bayer Ag., Zeon Chemicals, Dow Plastic Additives and others. It looked at the growth potential for chemicals added to polymer/plastic processing and production, including plasticizers, flame retardants, UV stabilizers, antioxidants and others.
This Chem.Info plant profile takes you inside Virent to find out how they’re harnessing the potential of renewable feedstocks to make high-quality chemicals of the future, and to answer one question: When will the world be ready to buy what Virent has shown it can produce?