May 22, 2013

Bio-rubber developments

Last post before I start tweeting at the Roquette Green Chemistry Symposium this afternoon (I do hope the place has a wifi!)

There had been several announcements in the past two weeks regarding bio-rubber developments and the blog might as well put them in a separate post.

This is the first time that I've heard about California-based Kultevat LLC, a crop technology company specializing in Russian dandelions (Taraxacum koksaghyz or TKS). The company said it is ready to go head-to-head against guayule rubber after five years of building its operations and growing its TKS acreage in 12 states.

Kultevat plans to have a full-scale production of rubber and sugar syrup from TKS in the US and abroad by 2016. The company is in the midst of raising $5m from individual investors and plans more fund-raising drive in the future.

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