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Toray produces biobased PBT, plans commercial-scale production unit

7:11 PM MDT | April 24, 2013 | Rebecca Coons

Toray says it has successfully made molded components from the partially biobased PBT. Toray Industries announced today that it has successfully produced partially biobased polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) using 1,4-butanediol (BDO) produced by renewable chemicals firm Genomatica (San Diego). Toray says it plans to build a commercial-scale production unit once biobased BDO availability allows. Tests confirmed that the PBT has physical properties and formability equivalent to PBT made from petroleum-derived BDO, Toray says. The company adds that it succeeded in...

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