Issue Date: July 1, 2013
Lanxess says it has produced the engineering polymer polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) using 20 metric tons of biobased 1,4-butanediol supplied by San Diego-based Genomatica. The production campaign took place at a PBT plant in Hamm-Uentrop, Germany.
SO.F.TER., an Italy-based plastics compounder, plans to build its first U.S. facility. The company says the plant, in Lebanon, Tenn., will cost $11.5 million and have capacity to produce 50 million lb per year . . .
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