Air Liquide will spend more than $270 million to build a pair of air separation units in Louisiana that will increase its annual capacity by 25%. Methanex will source output from the projects for its $1.4 billion facility underway in Geismar.
The American Cleaning Institute's new sustainability strategy aims to improve the cleaning products industry's environmental and social footprints and unite members to achieve a cleaner world, writes Melissa Hockstad, the organization's chief executive and president. "We know we have work to do to further define our roadmap and move toward actions that will make a difference" and "we want to work collaboratively, not just within our membership," Hockstad adds.
International Flavors & Fragrances has inaugurated a research and development center that covers 60,000 square feet of the Homdel, New Jersey Bell Works location. The Home & Fabric Care Innovation Center will house 120 employees working in 32 cutting-edge laboratories and evaluation spaces.
Commissioner Robert Adler, a member of the Democratic Party, was selected to serve as the next chair of the Consumer Product Safety Commission after outgoing chairwoman Ann Marie Buerkle, a Republican, sided with the Democrats in supporting Adler's nomination. Buerkle justified her move by saying that the next acting chair should be "the most experienced, most senior commissioner who has previously served in this role," adding that "consumer protection is not political."
Denmark will be the first country to ban PFAS chemicals from food contact materials with a regulation that takes effect in 2020. The toxicity and regulation of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances is under intense debate in both the US and the EU.
AAK is acquiring a majority stake in Soya International, and the new AAK Soya International will be one of the world's leading suppliers of specialty lecithin products. AAK is "globally recognized" in the oils and fats sector for co-development of unique solutions for customer products, said Senior Director Alec van Veldhoven, and the new company aims to "deliver this value proposition in the lecithin sector."
The global market for pea protein is expected to reach $176 million by 2025, compared to $32 million in 2017, according to Allied Market Research. Pea protein's neutral taste, nutritional content and sustainability credentials are cultivating its popularity as an ingredient in meat substitutes, as well as a plant-based alternative to whey protein.
Climate change could decrease fish populations as demand grows, resulting in a global shortage of the omega-3 fatty acid DHA, researchers argue in the journal Ambio. Less-populated countries with large fish production and wealthy countries able to import DHA sources would be less affected, but some Asian countries and most of Africa could have insufficient access to the key nutrient.
Indonesian researchers are working on a new chemical catalyst that accelerates the chemical conversion of palm oil into biofuels. The Bandung Institute of Technology is working with the Pertamina Research and Technology Center, connected to the state-owned oil and gas company, in the hope of ramping up biofuel production.
Sacha inchi oil, derived from an Amazonian plant, shows potential as a skin moisturizer, Thai researchers report in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology. The oil is up to 40% higher in omega-6s and up to 50% higher in omega-3 fatty acids than olive oil, the researchers said, and also contains natural antioxidants.