The past year has seen major developments in our industry, from product launches to plant openings through to technological breakthroughs and major acquisitions. As part of our World Bio Markets event (the industry’s most important gathering of movers, shakers and innovation makers) coming to Amsterdam next month, we have launched a search to find what our community think has been the biggest development of the last year.
We’ve narrowed the choice to eight, and you can vote below for what you deem to be the most important. Also – don’t forget to enter our other awards – Bio-Based Product of the Year, Bio-Based Chemical Innovation of the Year and Best use of alternative feedstocks – the deadline is Friday 23rd February. But today is all about voting for the story of the year so over to you…
Bio-based story of the year 2018 - the contenders (in alphabetical order)
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- AkzoNobel and Itaconix ally to develop bio-based chelates for detergents.
- Bio-based pioneers Method and Ecover acquired by multinational SC Johnson
- bio-bean’s collaboration with Caffè Nero could help power homes and cars in the future.
- Bio-on’s new €15m bioplastics plant in Italy to help the fight against microbeads.
- Corbion comes to the rescue of TerraVia with $20m bid
- Clariant and Enviral ally to build a new full scale commercial cellulosic ethanol plant.
- Ginkgo Bioworks, the organism company, announced the acquisition of Gen9, a pioneer in the synthesis and assembly of DNA
- Unilever make a 'game-changing' move to disclose their fragrance ingredients to consumers.
Read more about other awards here (selected by a jury of experts):
A product currently available to purchase that is derived from plants and other renewable agricultural, marine, and forestry materials and provides an alternative to conventional petroleum derived products. For the purpose of the awards, bio-based products do not include food, animal feed or fuel. The key is how the product improves on one derived from petroleum, sustainability is not enough, our judges will be looking for developments in price, functionality and quality → Enter here.
2) Bio-Based Chemical Innovation of the Year
An innovation involving a platform or intermediate chemicals derived from biomass feedstocks, used to produce other chemicals. It can be a breakthrough development, a new method of production, a smarter development or a new technique. The key is the innovation and the ability to display a benefit and progress for the industry long-term → Enter here.
Using alternative feedstocks is normally more than just changing the raw materials. It can require new supply and preparation infrastructure, fresh growing and harvesting techniques, new chemical processing technologies or access to new partnerships. For this category a feedstock is defined as any renewable, biological material that can be converted. The use will focus on research, development, demonstration and of course innovation and will likely feature robust partnerships. → Enter here.
The winners will be announced at World Bio Markets 2018 in Amsterdam in March. Dedicated to the industry, World Bio Markets brings together expert speakers from across the value chain for three full days of networking and learning. Confirmed speakers include - Synvina, Patagonia, Genomatica, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, IKEA, Checkerspot, European Commission, US Department of Agriculture among many more.
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