Research & Innovation
AkzoNobel to develop bio-chemicals from sugar beets
AkzoNobel and agro-industrial cooperative Royal Cosun have formed a partnership to develop novel products from cellulose side streams resulting from sugar beet processing.
By Cindy Macdonald
The partnership will combine Royal Cosun’s specialist knowledge in separating and purifying agricultural process side streams with AkzoNobel’s expertise in the chemical modification of cellulose.
“Putting agricultural side streams to use as a sustainable source of chemicals is clearly a big step forward,” says Peter Nieuwenhuizen, RD&I director of AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals. “By working together with Royal Cosun, we aim to develop and market sustainable new cellulose-based products, which will serve as essential ingredients for our customers’ applications.”
The partnership also underlines AkzoNobel’s Planet Possible agenda, which includes ongoing efforts to develop and introduce sustainable, bio-based products that contribute to a circular economy.