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Kemira, Veolia combine for phosphorus recovery

Kemira and Veolia Wasser Deutschland are to work togther on the full-scale technology assessment of ViviMag, a patented technology to recover phosphorus and other valuable resources, such as iron, from sewage sludge. The first industrial trial will take place at Veolia’s wastewater treatment plant of Schönebeck, Germany, during 2H.

BASF expands CAMs in China

BASF Shanshan Battery Materials, BASF’s 51-49 joint venture in China, has announced plans to add capacity for cathode active materials (CAMs) to 100,000 tonnes/year at sites in Changsha, Hunan province, and Shuizuishan in Ningxia province (pictured). This is being done to address booming demand in the electric vehicle market.

Risk management can begin for 300

ECHA’s has released the fourth report under its Integrated Regulatory Strategy, which aims to speed up data generation, identification of groups of substances of concern and regulatory action by integrating different regulatory processes into one coherent approach.

Albemarle opens La Negra

Albemarle has officially inaugurated La Negra III/IV, its third chemical conversion plant, 27 km from the city of Antofagasta in Chile. The firm claims that this is the most modern plant of its kind in Latin America and that it will help to double lithium production and reduce freshwater consumption by up to 30% per tonne of production.

Spectrum working with Angus

Under a new agreement, Spectrum Chemicals is to distribute Angus Chemical’s TRIS Amino AC USP/EP (pictured) and BIS-TRIS biologics-grade buffers to the biopharmaceutical and life sciences industries in the US and Canada. The company said that these complement its own bioprocessing portfolio such as the BioCertified product line.

Angus is the world’s largest and only fully integrated manufacturer of TRIS buffers. These are used as buffering agents in cell culture and bioprocessing applications, and in the purification of biological molecules in downstream processing.

SK Pharmteco to expand Irish campus

SK Pharmteco has announced a two-phase, $35 million investment to boost both capacity and capabilities at its SK Biotek subsidiary’s manufacturing plant at Swords, Dublin. This is due online in 2024, the campus’s 60th anniversary as a small molecule API manufacture, and will lead to a 50% total increase in capacity.

Genomatica and Unilever to scale bio alternatives

Unilever and Genomatica have launched a $120 million venture to scale up and commercialise plant-based alternatives to palm oil and fossil fuel-derived cleansing ingredients, particularly for use in personal care products. This will use Genomatica’s established biotechnology platform that makes materials from plant- or waste-based product.

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