Codexis, Chemtex JV cellulosic detergent alcohols production

Codexis, Chemtex JV for cellulosic detergent alcohols production

4:59 AM, 15th June 2013
Codexis, Chemtex JV for cellulosic detergent alcohols production
John Nicols, President and CEO, Codexis.

REDWOOD CITY, US/TORTONA, ITALY: Codexis and Chemtex have successfully scaled-up the production of CodeXol detergent alcohols using cellulosic sugars. The scale-up was achieved at a 1,500 litre demonstration facility at Chemtex’s R&D complex in Tortona, Italy and is a key milestone in the ongoing effort initiated by the two companies to develop a fully integrated biomass to detergent alcohols technology.

“This scale-up of CodeXol detergent alcohols represents what we believe is the world’s first successful large scale effort to produce commercially relevant detergent alcohols from a cellulosic biomass feedstock. We believe this scale-up demonstrates the robustness and efficacy of our CodeXyme cellulase enzymes and the ability of our CodeXol detergent alcohol technology to produce detergent alcohols at commercial specification with the potential to decrease manufacturing costs below incumbent production costs,” said John Nicols, President and CEO, Codexis.

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