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Novamont Advances Bio-BDO

4:00 PM MST | January 23, 2012

Novamont (Novara, Italy), a biodegradable plastics firm, expects to start producing 1,4-butanediol (BDO) from renewable resources in mid-2013. The company announced recently it would convert a plant that it is acquiring from BioItalia at Adria, Italy—part of a previously announced partnership with Genomatica (San Diego)—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 has until now been used for the experimental production...

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