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Chementator: Bio-based isoprene  

By Gerald Ondrey |

Genencor, a div. of Danisco A/S (Copenhagen, Denmark; www.danisco.com) and The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. (Akron, Ohio; www.goodyear.com) have started a research collaboration to develop a bio-based process for producing isoprene using renewable raw materials. Tradenamed BioIsoprene, the alternative to petroleum-based isoprene can be used for making synthetic rubber and other elastomers. Over the next three years, Danisco will invest approximately $50 million to continue technology development, scaleup and deliver manufacturing cost targets. Additional investments to establish pilot-plant operations and manufacturing infrastructure are expected. Danisco, which will manufacture and supply BioIsoprene to Goodyear, expects to achieve "technical readiness" by 2010, and to commission the first large-scale production plant by 2012.   Click here for a full pdf version of the Chementator Section
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