Braskem Joins Pact Pursuing Bioisoprene | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 92 Issue 37 | p. 18 | Concentrates
Issue Date: September 15, 2014

Braskem Joins Pact Pursuing Bioisoprene

Department: Business
Keywords: isoprene, synthetic rubber, biobased chemicals
A structure of isoprene.

Brazil’s Braskem is joining an existing collaboration between the biobased chemical company Amyris and the tire maker Michelin to commercialize biomass-derived isoprene. A key synthetic rubber ingredient, isoprene is now obtained as a by-product of ethylene production, but output is decreasing as companies switch to lighter feedstocks. With its ethanol-derived polyethylene, Braskem considers itself to be the world’s leading biopolymers producer. DuPont and Goodyear have run a competing bioisoprene venture since 2008.

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