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inform August 2009, Vol. 20 (8) 509 MMT of sunflowerseed and produced 1.7 MMT of sunflower oil since the begin- alkyd paints and coatings: Conventional ning of the marketing year, which was a 23.7% increase, year-on-year. oil-based alkyd paints provide durable, New ventures high-gloss coatings but use hazardous sol- vents. The Procter & Gamble Co. of Cin- cinnati, Ohio, USA, and Cook Composites and Polymers Co. of North Kansas City, Researchers at Bayer MaterialScience are using vegetable oils in the produc- Missouri, USA, are developing Chempol tion of polyether polyols directly, without any need for further chemical trans- MPS paint formulations using biobased formation, according to a report in the June issue of High Performance Plastics (8, Sefose oils to replace petroleum-based 2009). The resulting polyether polyols contain between 53% and 68% raw mate- solvents. Sefose oils, made from sugar and rial from renewable sources. vegetable oil, enable new high-performance nnn alkyd paints with less than half the solvent. A new plant sterol-containing snack cracker—claimed to be the first in Paints with less hazardous solvent will the country—was introduced in June in the United States by nutritional food help improve worker safety, reduce fumes firm Kashi. indoors as the paint dries, and improve air nnn quality. Russian company AgroSib-Razdolye will spend 700 million rubles worth of borrowed funds to upgrade a vegetable oil plant in the Altai Region, the press Dean Foods service of the regional government said in a statement in June. The company plans to complete the upgrade of the plant in February 2010. acquires Alpro nnn A $30 million oilseed crushing plant has been built in Lira, Uganda, according to Dean Foods Co. (Dallas, Texas, USA) AllAfrica.com. Mount Meru Millers of Tanzania reportedly is the investor. The is acquiring the Alpro division of Van- facility will have an annual capacity of 90,000 MT of oil, mainly from sunflower, demoortele N.V. (Ghent), Belgium’s largest simsim, and soy. privately-held food company. The transac- tion’s price is approximately €325 million (about $450 million) and is expected to be R&D completed in the third quarter of 2009. With its Alpro ® soya and Provamel ® Archer Daniels Midland (ADM: Decatur, Illinois, USA) will provide $1.2 million, brands, Alpro is the European leader in the Kansas (USA) Bioscience Authority will provide another $1.2 million, and branded soy-based beverage and food the University of Kansas (Lawrence, USA) will provide in-kind support worth products with net sales of approximately more than $300,000 for a three-year project aimed at converting vegetable oils €260 million in 2008, according to Dean into lubricants and other chemicals and at eliminating the need for pe
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