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At the Green Chemicals Blog, writer Doris de Guzman took the occasion of our recent joint news release with Piedmont Chemical and DuPont Tate & Lyle (DTL) to do what she so often does so well: add interpretive value and provide additional global market information.  About our collaboration with Piedmont and DTL, for example, she writes: This is an interesting non-exclusive deal that could guarantee more interest and development in the applications of 100% bio-based polyester polyols. She then references a recent study by Markets and Markets showing that …the global 1,3-propanediol market will grow from an estimated $157m in 2012 to $560m in 2019 with a compound annual growth rate of 19.9% during the period of 2012 to 2019.

There’s more. Noting that Dupont Tate & Lyle is the only bulk producer of 1,3-PDO, she nevertheless provides a quick overview of others in, or possibly about to enter, this segment.

Her post, titled “Polyols from bio-PDO and succinic acid,” is here.

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Thanks to Doris de Guzman, writing for The Energy Collective, a recent Jefferies & Company report covering the outlook in 2013 for bio-based chemicals and next generation bio-fuels technologies gains the spotlight. More specifically, for her October, 2012, story, she extensively cites the views of Jefferies’ equity analyst Laurence Alexander. According to him, as reported by Ms. Guzman, 2013 will be a key “validation year” for most bio-based chemicals and next generation bio-fuels technologies.

In the story, entitled 2013: A validation year for industrial biotech, Myriant is one of three companies featured in the section on the status of bio-succinic acid production, with special reference to plants coming on line and their relative capacity. Of note is the point in the piece that of the three companies mentioned, our facility in Louisiana targeted for the first quarter of 2013 will have the highest capacity.

In case you’re not familiar with Laurence Alexander and Jeffries’ clean technology initiatives, a bit more about both is included in this 2010 news release out of the company’s London and New York offices. A source of additional information is here.

Lastly, if you’re not familiar with Doris de Guzman, you might give serious consideration to following her. As her bio notes, in part: She has been covering the oleochemicals market for 12 years and spread her beat to inorganics, biofuels and green chemistry as former senior editor at ICIS Chemical Business, a global chemical trade magazine.

The home page for The Energy Collective is here.

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