Two big green chemistry developments today are both from enzyme producers DSM and Genencor.
Netherlands-based DSM and French starch derivatives producer Roquette said that their bio-based succinic acid demo plant in Lestrem (France) will be operational by the end of 2009. Succinic acid is a chemical building block used in the manufacture of polymers, resins, food and pharmaceuticals (among other products).
The companies still plan to have a full commercial industrial production in 2011/2012.
Meanwhile, Genencor - a division of Danisco - says it begun delivering its bioisoprene to the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. The two companies collaborate on designing an integrated production system for BioIsoprene™ product, and said that they are on schedule to meet both technological and commercial milestones within the agreement. Commercial availability of the product is planned for 2013.