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Global Bioeneregies makes a breakthrough in the production of biobased butadiene [Registered]

Global Bioenergies and partnering company Synthos recently announced the discovery of a direct biological pathway to produce biobased butadiene, a light olefin lying at the heart of the petrochemical industry. Presently, 10 million tonnes of butadiene are produced each year from oil, representing a market exceeding $20 billion. Seven million tonnes are used to manufacture rubbers and 3 million tonnes goes into the production of nylon, plastics and latexes. In July 2011, Global Bioenergies entered into a strategic partnership with Synthos, a $1.2billion revenues European leader in rubber manufacturing. The agreement aimed at developing a process to convert renewable feedstock…

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