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Novamont and Genomatica plan commercial scale plant to produce butadiene [Registered]

US biochemicals start-up Genomatica will form a joint venture with Italian plastics maker Novamont to produce biobased butanediol (BDO). The venture involves the production of BDO at a plant to be built in Italy with capacity of 40 million lbs (18.14 million kg) per year. The plant is anticipated to begin production by the end of 2012. Novamont will use the intermediate chemical to make its biodegradable Mater-Bi plastic, and Genomatica will have an option for a portion of the production. Novara, Italy will provide capital for the project, and will commit to buy the plant’s output. Genomatica’s BDO is…

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