More use of bio-based chemicals for manufacturing
Archer Daniels Midland is producing propylene glycol from glycerin, a co-product of biodiesel production. BASF, a licensee of Genomatica’s technology, is supplying bio-based 1,4-butanediol, a spandex precursor. Agricultural processor Cargill Inc., a producer of sorbitol and lactic acid, is developing routes to bio-based acrylic acid with Novozymes and BASF.
DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products, a joint venture of chemical producer DuPont and food ingredient supplier Tate & Lyle, is now producing bio-based 1,3-propanediol, a starting material for fibers and engineering plastics as well as an ingredient in personal care products. Solvay, Jiangsu Yangnong Chemical and Vinythai Public Co. Ltd. are producing bio-based epichlorohydrin from glycerin. Gevo Inc. produces bio-based isobutanol on a commercial scale and bio-based para-xylene (a precursor of polyethylene terephthalate (PET)-bottle resin) on a pilot scale. Laihe Rockley Biochemicals produces bio-based butanol and acetone from agricultural waste (corn stover and corn cobs).
Although not yet at commercial-scale production, several tire manufacturers have formed alliances to produce bio-based synthetic rubber from bio-based isoprene or bio-based butadiene.
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