Lanxess produces bio PBT using Genomatica’s technology

Lanxess produces bio PBT using Genomatica’s technology

6:26 AM, 26th June 2013
Lanxess produces bio PBT using Genomatica’s technology

LEVERKUSEN, GERMANY/SAN DIEGO, US: Lanxess has run a production campaign of bio-based polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) in Lanxess’ world-scale production plant using 20 metric tonne of bio-based 1,4-butanediol (BDO) made with Genomatica’s commercially-proven process. The properties and the quality of the resulting bio-based PBT are fully equivalent to conventional petro-based PBT with regard to all tested parameters.

“We were excited to validate the bio-based BDO made with Genomatica’s process as a one-to-one replacement for petro-based BDO for the production of our PBT,” said Hartwig Meier, Head of Global Product and Application Development of the High Performance Materials Business Unit, Lanxess.

“This is a strong signal to the market and a tremendous step forward in our future plans to offer our high-tech plastic Pocan in a bio-based version, too. Due to its unchanged properties Pocan compounds based on bio-based PBT can directly be used in established application fields such as automotive or electro & electronics area. This fits very well with our strategy of Green Mobility,” added Meier.

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