Japanese Develop Biomass Rubber | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 90 Issue 24 | p. 16 | Concentrates
Issue Date: June 11, 2012

Japanese Develop Biomass Rubber

Department: Business
Keywords: tires, rubber, biomass, isoprene

Tire producer Bridgestone and food ingredient manufacturer Ajinomoto have developed a process for making synthetic rubber with isoprene obtained from biomass. Currently, polyisoprene rubber is extracted from rubber trees or made synthetically. Ajinomoto says it has been able to produce biomass-based isoprene in its labs using a fermentation process enabled by enzymes. The two Japanese companies will decide next year whether to proceed with commercialization.

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