February 12, 2013

Production milestones: Amyris, Genomatica

The blog wishes our Asian readers a Happy Lunar New Year! Maybe the year of the snake would bring luck for renewable chemicals in 2013 after a couple of production milestone disappointments (according to investors) seen last year.

Within the past two months, the industry has already seen Reverdia (JV between DSM and Roquette) with the start-up of the world's first large-scale bio-succinic acid plant in Cassano, Spinola, Italy, in December; Amyris announcing also in late December its successful production as well as shipment in January of its farnesene from the company's Paraiso fermentation facility in Sao Paulo, Brazil; and today, Genomatica announced it was able to produced 2,000 tonnes of bio-based 1,4 butanediol (BDO) within five weeks at the DuPont Tate & Lyle's biochemical plant in Loudon, Tennessee.

Over 2,000 tonnes of bio-BDO were produced, filling over 100 trucks, using Genomatica's technology.

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