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Novamont Advances Biobased BDO Project with Genomatica

6:40 AM MST | January 11, 2012 | Peter Mapleston

Novamont (Novara, Italy), the producer of Mater-Bi biodegradable plastics made mostly from corn, expects to start producing 1,4-butanediol (BDO) from renewable resources from about mid-2013. The company announced this week that, under a previously announced partnership with Genomatica (San Diego), it would convert a plant that Novamont is acquiring from BioItalia at Adria, Italy to use Genomatica technology. Capacity for biobased BDO will be about 20,000 m.t./year and all of the converted plant's output will be for captive use by Novamont. The BioItalia plant...

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