Arkema was awarded the EUBIA prize at the 21st Biomass Conference held in Copenhagen. Awarded by EUBIA every year for the past 11 years to manufacturers or to associations, the prize this year rewards Arkema for its various research and development work in the field of bioresources and biosourced materials.
Arkema currently markets an extensive range of polyamides (PA11, PA10) derived from castor oil, byproducts derived from this oil, epoxy soybean oil and flaxseed oil, activated carbon from pinewood, and fatty amines. These various product lines derived from vegetable raw materials today account for almost 11% of Arkema’s sales, a figure that should rise to 15% by 2016.
In recent years the Group has also undertaken ambitious research work to find ways to produce new products from renewable raw materials. Arkema is also involved in the EuroBioRef and BioCore European integrated biorefinery design research projects.
The European Biomass Industry Association, is an international non-profit association. It groups together market forces, technology providers, and knowledge centres, all of them active in the field of biomass.
EUBIA’s main objective is to support the European biomass industries at all levels, promoting the use of biomass as an energy source, developing innovative bioenergy concepts and fostering international co-operation within the bioenergy field. EUBIA participates in over 30 European Commission projects.
Source: Arkema, press release, 2013-06-06.