October 23, 2011

Weekly News Roundup

The blog apologizes for the delay in my NatureWorks/PTT interview story on ICIS Chemical Business. This was supposed to come out and October 24 and will now be out on November October 31. In the meantime, here is a free access link on my story about Japanese chemical companies and their renewables chemicals strategies.

The story is part of ICB's Japan issue published this week. For the blog, here are this week's news roundup:

Solazyme, Unilever extends deal
Solazyme and Unilever continued their collaboration deal with a new commercial development agreement, which is funded by Unilever to expand the companies’ current research and development efforts. Initially, the two parties will continue focusing innovation efforts on the production of tailored oils for use in soap and personal care product applications, while committing additional efforts to developing new tailored oils for use in other applications.

Amyris forms Brazil Biofene JV
Amyris and ETH Bioenergia, a Brazilian producer of ethanol, electric energy and sugar will form a joint venture to produce Biofene®, Amyris’s renewable farnesene by 2014. The JV would be able to access up to 2m tons/year of sugarcane crush capacity at one of ETH’s greenfield mills in Brazil. The joint venture will be controlled by ETH, and Amyris will have exclusive marketing rights for the Biofene produced at the facility.

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