UpdateGoodyear receives one gallon of bio-isoprene from Genencor

09 March 2009 17:27  [Source: ICIS news]

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HOUSTON (ICIS news)--Genencor has shipped approximately one gallon of its new BioIsoprene product to US-based tyre maker Goodyear, Genencor parent Danisco said on Monday.

The product, developed from renewable raw materials as a bio-based route to isoprene, could be used to replace petroleum-based rubber and styrene-based elastomers, the Danish sugar refiner said.

The goal is to use BioIsoprene for the production of synthetic rubber for tyres and other elastomers, potentially making the tyre industry less dependent on oil-derived products.

Genencor and Goodyear first announced their research collaboration on the project last September. But as evidenced by the limited shipment, the project is in its very early stages, Goodyear said.

Goodyear anticipates the product to be commercially available by 2013.

“As we outlined in 2008, we believe it’s important to look at alternative renewable raw materials in our production processes,” said Jesse Roeck, global materials science director at Goodyear.

Danisco has said it will invest $50m (€39.5m) over the next three years to scale up the production process and make it more efficient.

($1 = €0.79)

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