Volume 92 Issue 33 | p. 9 | News of The Week
Issue Date: August 18, 2014

Cost Of Production Scale-Up Weighs On Biobased Chemical Firms

Second Quarter: Production hurdles keep industry in the red
Department: Business
Keywords: biobased chemicals, biofuels, earnings

It will be some time before making certain chemicals from sugars is profitable, if the second-quarter results posted by six biobased firms are any indication. For now, the best measure of success is progress toward operating smoothly at commercial scale.

On that score, Solazyme leads the group with its large-scale plants in Brazil and Iowa. The company is producing and shipping algal oil and lubricant products while it works to increase output at . . .

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