US Codexis to sell sugar-based detergent alcohols - executive

23 February 2011 19:22  [Source: ICIS news]

NEW YORK (ICIS)--US enzyme company Codexis hopes to soon begin commercial production of detergent alcohols using sugar as feedstock, a company official said on Wednesday.

Detergent alcohols will be the company’s first chemical product target for their planned bio-based chemicals portfolio, Codexis chief financial officer Robert Lawson said during a presentation at the Jefferies Clean Technology conference in New York.

“We have already produced laboratory-scale detergent alcohols today,” said Lawson.

“We first plan on using sugar as feedstock and proceed to biomass in the near future,” he added

Lawson said global detergent alcohols were a $4bn (€2.9bn) potential market, with current fatty alcohol prices already reaching between $2,000 and $3,000/short ton.

The conference ends on Thursday.

($1 = €0.73)

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