US Amyris to begin Brazil-based farnesene production in May

29 April 2011 22:25  [Source: ICIS news]

SAO PAULO (ICIS)--US-based renewable chemicals company Amyris has completed its first industrial-scale facility for the production of renewable farnesene, the company said on Friday.

The unit is in Piracicaba, Sao Paulo, at a facility owned by a third-party company.  

Amyris will operate the plant and expects to begin farnesene production in May 2011.

“The completion of our first Biofene [Amyris’ brand name for farnesene] facility is a landmark not only for Amyris, but also for the renewable products sector,” said Amyris CEO John Melo, although he did not disclose financial details or production capacity. 

The farnesene could be sold directly into industrial applications or used to produce renewable products, including squalane, base oils, finished lubricants and diesel, the company said.

Amyris added that it is scaling its production through contract agreements with manufacturers in Brazil, Europe and the US.

The company currently has five production agreements in place, as well as a joint venture with Usina Sao Martinho, a major sugar and ethanol producer in Brazil.

By: Hellen Berger
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