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Metabolix and CJ CheilJedang in a joint deal to produce renewable C4 chemicals [Registered]

Metabolix and the Korean industrial biotech company CJ CheilJedang (CJ) announced on 27th July the execution of a joint development agreement to advance production technology and assess investment options for the commercialization of renewable polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA)-based C4 chemicals — initially butanediol (BDO), tetrahydrofuran (THF), gamma butyrolactone (GBL) and polyester engineering resins (PBT) via fermentation. The C4 chemical market is a $3 billion industry growing at 4 percent per year. C4 chemical products are used in a wide range of applications including engineering plastics, fabrics and fibers, personal care products and in semiconductor manufacturing. Under the joint development agreement, CJ will…

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