"...not only disruptive technically and economically, but also enables green chemistry,”
Dutch multinational AkzoNobel is linking up with bio-based specialists Renmatix, to develop biomass-based performance additives with the aim of improving the properties in architectural paints and construction materials. Renmatix’s proprietary Plantrose Process utilises ‘supercritical’ water under high temperature and pressure to convert biomass into cellulosic sugars and bio-fractions, which are valuable green chemistry building blocks. The partnership will be the first time the two companies will explore the potential of Crystal Cellulose, a unique form of crystalline cellulose and the newest bio-fraction isolated by Renmatix, in a venture spanning the Research, Development and commercialisation phases of production.
Investment in Crystal Cellulose are consistent with ArkzoNobel's sustainable principles that prioritise the production of its products so as they are environmentally-friendly but match the value-added characteristics of its petroleum-based counterparts.
Geert Hofman, General Manager of AkzoNobel ( @AkzoNobel ) said “I am impressed by Renmatix’s thinking and their development of a biomass conversion technology that is not only disruptive technically and economically, but also enables green chemistry,” He goes on to say “unique cellulose materials derived from biomass fits closely with our growth strategy and innovation agenda and will give a significant sustainability advantage to our customers.”
Renmatix ( @Renmatix ) specialise in the production of natural, sustainable products through water-based chemical processes. Products are designed to provide people with suitable alternatives to existing petroleum-based products in the market. Their Plantrose Process is a first-in-kind technology that uses just water and plants to produce a range of non-food sugars and new lignins that are cheaper and greener than other plant-derived equivalents. The process can be used to replace a selection of unsustainable, harmful petro-derived materials and ingredients.
“We look forward to working with AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals to advance their sustainability initiatives,” said Mike Hamilton, Renmatix CEO. “This agreement is significant because it demonstrates a bright future for plant-based ingredients in the industrial materials segment”. He also pointed out that “This collaboration highlights our efforts to partner with progressive market leaders as we work to commercialize our technology for broader industrial applications.”
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