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BASF licenses Genomatica’s renewable BDO technology

May 20, 2013 | —Rebecca Coons and Francinia Protti-Alvarez

BASF has announced that it has licensed Genomatica’s (San Diego) biobased 1,4-butanediol (BDO) process technology and aims to build a large-scale BDO manufacturing plant. BASF is a leading BDO manufacturer, with 535,000 m.t./year of capacity. The company says it intends to use the renewable BDO to tap markets in which it can create additional value for customers, including the textile and automotive industries. Financial terms have not been disclosed, but BASF tells CW it anticipates a plant capacity of about 50,000 m.t./year. Location will be communicated...

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