specialty POLYMERS

Bio-based alternatives

Concerns with the unsustainable nature of consumer plastic items are mirrored in industry, with manufacturers seeking to ensure that their products can be more responsibly recycled at the end of their useful life. Additionally, manufacturers are considering the potential impacts of a future where broader declines in the production and use of oil may result in higher prices from the petrochemical industry. Bio-based alternatives offer manufacturers the opportunity to continue using familiar techniques associated with plastics, while substituting a more sustainable solution. These alternatives substitute feedstocks derived from biological sources—in some cases, material that would otherwise be treated as waste—for conventional petroleum-based feedstocks.


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New developments in polymers can also provide benefits to manufacturers. High-strength composites are increasingly capable of substituting for components that traditionally had to be made of aluminium or steel. Such substitutions can reduce the total weight of a manufactured part or device without compromising its ability to respond to physical stresses. “Lightweighting” applications for new composites are particularly important to vehicle manufacturers, as reducing the total weight of a vehicle often translates into improvements in performance and better fuel economy. 


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featured CASE STUDY

Chemicals & Materials: Advanced Materials

Expanding portfolio into nanotechnology-based seed treatment solutions

We recently worked with an international vegetable breeding company who wanted to understand how nanotechnology could be used to develop new seed treatment technology. CamIn investigated nano-technologies that would be most effective in their specific use case, eventually evaluating 80 nano-based technologies for the development of new seed treatment technology. The technologies that they pursue through this initiative will provide state-of-the-art solutions for the global seed treatments market, which is expected to be worth more than US$13 billion by 2026...


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Chemical companies are facing new challenges due to increasingly stringent regulations on agrochemical products, and in some cases, outright bans on the use of certain types of chemicals (e.g., paraquat, chlorothalonil, ethoprophos, neonicotinoids). As these actions will result in shrinking portfolios and declines in revenue, chemical companies must seek viable alternatives for their most controversial active ingredients, and must expand their search for substitutes or replacements to include other industrial sectors and other scientific disciplines.

There is an increasing demand among consumers for natural and organic produce, posing a risk to the chemical industry. Consumers are increasingly concerned about being exposed to potentially harmful agricultural chemicals through their food, and more stringent controls have been placed on the use of agrochemical agents to prevent the contamination of the surrounding environment. Chemical companies now face a variety of threats, including reductions in revenue, increases in litigation costs, and significant reputational risks, unless they can find ways to contribute to cleaner and more sustainable agricultural practices. As a result, many are now expanding their technology portfolios to include products that are more compatible with sustainable farming practices, including precision farming tools, biological alternatives, and biotechnology-mediated waste management.


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Driven by rapid urbanisation, infrastructure development and recovery of the global housing market, the demand for industrial protective coatings is increasing. These coatings have applications in various industries, including infrastructure and construction, oil and gas, automotive, aerospace, marine, and electronics. In recent years, manufacturers and vendors have started moving towards eco-friendly water-borne coatings and new technologies that could decrease coating deposition time and volume, and reduce costs and environmental impact...


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