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AkzoNobel and Itaconix to Co-Produce Bio-Based Polymers

AkzoNobel to commercialise bio-based polymers in collaboration with Itaconix

Netherlands: AkzoNobel, a global giant involved in the manufacturing of specialty chemicals, has entered into a cooperation agreement with Itaconix, a United States based subsidiary of Revolymer which is engaged in the manufacturing of polymers from itaconic acid, for production of polymers from renewable ingredients. Under the agreement, Itaconix would deliver a proprietary polymerisation technology which would aid the conversion of itaconic acid to polymers. This itaconic acid would be obtained from sugars through fermentation. AkzoNobel would be responsible for the development and commercialisation of the bio-based polymers.

Techsci Research depicts that the strategic agreement between AkzoNobel and Itaconix to co-produce bio-based polymers is expected to strengthen the companies’ penetration in superabsorbent polymers market across the globe. Additionally, various unique properties offered by these bio-based polymers in applications ranging from water quality to cleaning and hygiene is anticipated to increase AkzoNobel’s market share in the coming years. Moreover, the innovation involving the use of renewable ingredients is a step further for our Planet Possible sustainability agenda of doing more with less.

According to recently published report by TechSci Research, “Global Superabsorbent Polymers Market By MOC (Sodium Polyacrylate, Polyacrylamide Copolymer, etc.), By Application (Baby Diapers, Adult Incontinence Products, Feminine Hygiene Products, etc.), By Region, Competition Forecast & Opportunities, 2011-2021”, The Global Superabsorbent Polymers Market is anticipated to grow at a healthy pace during 2016-2021. The superabsorbent polymers are majorly used in personal care sector as an absorbent material in baby diapers, adult incontinence products feminine, so the growing awareness regarding personal hygiene is expected to increase the demand for superabsorbent polymers from its personal care sector. The high water retaining capacity of superabsorbent material is instigating their demand in agriculture, medical and construction industries. Superabsorbent polymers are used in water conservation technique in agriculture, where it is utilized as a water retaining agent in soil for improving the crop yield. Growing population, increasing food security concerns along with decreasing arable land is expected to escalate the demand for superabsorbent polymers from agriculture industry.


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