19 January 2010
19 January 2010
The North East Process Industry Cluster (NEPIC) is taking the lead on a 30 month group project to identify commercial opportunities for alternative chemicals made from sustainable resources.
The intended project outcome of this collaboration will be to produce a set of estimated capital and operating costs for the best and most technically feasible processing options.
The group is made up of leading industrial companies in the UK, plus research academics from Surrey, Teesside and Newcastle Universities.
Assessing Biomass to Chemicals (ABC) is partly sponsored by DEFRA and a range of industrial parties such as Scott Bader, AkzoNobel, Growhow, Jacobs Engineering, Graphite Resources and Link2Energy.
Scott Bader has been working on green projects for over two years, intending to develop a series of alternative composite resins from renewable resources. They see the opportunity to work with NEPIC as an ideal method of collaborating with other companies and academics that share the joint commitment to discovering sustainable, environmentally friendly alternatives for chemical products.
Mr Roy Phillips, Technical Director for Scott Bader commented: “Over the next 30 months the R & D team will work closely with members of the Group to share ideas and expertise. This is a significant commitment of our R & D resources, which Scott Bader believes it must do in order to find viable renewable options within the chemical industry for the future.”
Chomarat is developing its Coatings & Films business at its French sites. The Group has just acquired an extruder and a graining line to increase its production capacities and develop new, more efficient solutions, particularly in the field of TPO (polyolefin thermoplastics).
Group Rhodes, through its Rhodes Interform business, has developed a revolutionary new process that enables large monocoque components, particularly those produced by super plastic forming (SPF) from very thin material, to more accurately retain their shape on cooling.
Advanced composites solutions provider, TCS, and Brabham Automotive are pleased to announce a strategic partnership in advanced material and process development for current and future vehicle builds.