Toray produces bio-based PBT from 1,4-butanediol

Toray produces bio-based PBT from 1,4-butanediol

5:08 AM, 25th April 2013
Toray produces bio-based PBT from 1,4-butanediol

TOKYO, JAPAN: Toray has successfully made a partially bio-based polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) using 1,4-butanediol (BDO) made with Genomatica’s bio-based process technology. The successful bench-level production gives Toray a significant boost towards commercial-scale production of partially bio-based PBT. Toray’s tests confirmed that PBT made using this BDO has physical properties and formability equivalent to PBT made from petroleum-derived BDO, and Toray then succeeded in making prototypes of moulded components.

Toray’s plan is to produce a bio-based PBT at commercial scale using BDO made with Genomatica’s process. Toray plans to share samples of bio-based PBT with its customers during 2013 to help develop market demand. Based on results to date, Toray expects to bring products to market as soon as supplies of this BDO are readily available from one of the producers that Genomatica licenses to use its BDO process.

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