Plastics Industry News
繁體 | 简体
Technology
Applications
Chinaplas 2019
Main > Daily Market News > Article Content
| Print | Submit Article |
Last Page | More | Next Page
An interdisciplinary team led by Covestro researcher Dr. Gernot Jäger (center) has developed a highly sustainable new production process for the chemical aniline, which is used in foam insulation boards.
An interdisciplinary team led by Covestro researcher Dr. Gernot Jäger (center) has developed a highly sustainable new production process for the chemical aniline, which is used in foam insulation boards.

Covestro has received an innovation award offered by the German government and industry for a research breakthrough in the production of plastics from renewable raw materials. Covestro is leading a research project with partners from industry and science.

This makes the materials manufacturer one of the hundred winners of the Germany-wide competition “Excellent Landmarks in the Land of Ideas“. The prize was awarded for a newly developed process for producing the important basic chemical aniline from plants instead of crude oil.

As part of the project, Covestro is cooperating with Bayer, the CAT Catalytic Center in Aachen and the University of Stuttgart. In order to produce aniline from plant biomass, the research consortium led by Covestro has developed a completely new process that combines biotechnology and chemistry.

Up to now the chemical, which serves as the starting material for numerous products, has been produced worldwide exclusively from fossil raw materials such as crude oil.

After the success in the laboratory and in the first pilot plants, the partners now want to further develop the technology. The ultimate goal is to enable the production of bio-based aniline on an industrial scale – an absolute novelty in the plastics industry.

The research project on bio-based aniline will receive funding for a period of two and a half years through the FNR (Fachagentur Nachwachsende Rohstoffe e.V.), a project agency of Germany’s Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture.

We are very pleased to receive this award. It continues to spur us on to contribute to greater sustainability with innovative products, processes and solutions in order to make the world a brighter place,” says Covestro CEO Dr. Markus Steilemann. “This success with bioaniline is also clearly a joint effort and shows how important and useful cooperation in chemistry and industry as a whole is.”

The company received the award at an event organized by “Germany - Land of Ideas” in Berlin. With this initiative, the Federal Government and German industry want to draw attention to the innovative power and efficiency of Germany as a business location.

In this year's competition, which has been held since 2013, around 1,500 applications were submitted. According to the organizers, the winners demonstrate “how forward-looking innovations are created through experimentation, curiosity and the courage to rethink“.

Related Articles  
Breakthrough plastic solutions for medical...
Covestro’s Group sales reduced by 16.0% in...
Covestro and Tongji University expand open...
Nestlé and Danimer Scientific to develop b...
Global bioplastics market to grow by 20% t...
AIMPLAS takes part in EnzOx2 project to de...
We are collecting readers' comment for improving our website. If you are willing to help, please CLICK HERE to complete a survey. Your comments matter.
Write a mail to the editor
Copyright © Adsale Publishing Limited. Any party needs to reprint any part of the content should get the written approval from Adsale Publishing Ltd and quote the source "China Plastic & Rubber Journal (CPRJ)", Adsale Plastics Website - www.AdsaleCPRJ.com. We reserve the right to take legal action against any party who reprints any part of this article without acknowledgement. For enquiry, please contact Editorial Department.  [Want to use this report?]
Name
Company Name
Job title
Email (will not be published)
Comment
Recent Comment
Legal Statement | Privacy Policy
Remarks: Publication of the comments is at editor's discretion.
Register a New Member
信易电热机械股份有限公司
东华机械有限公司
泰瑞机器股份有限公司
3C conf
日钢注塑机維修(深圳)有限公司
东莞市思为客自动化科技股份有限公司
Pack conf
莱斯特瑞兹机械(太仓)有限公司
裕克施乐塑料制品(太仓)有限公司
COPERION GMBH
阿科玛(中国)投资有限公司上海分公司
海天塑机集团有限公司
艾尔发集团
DAVIS-STANDARD, LLC
上海ABB工程有限公司
HOSOKAWA ALPINE AG ABT. FVF
富强鑫精密工业股份有限公司
广东伊之密精密机械股份有限公司

Supplier Highlights
WITTE PUMPS & TECHNOLOGY GMBH