Amyris, Inc. has executed with its long-time partner Kuraray Co. a multi-year extension to their collaboration agreement for the use of Amyris’s Biofene branded ß-Farnesene in liquid farnesene rubber (LFR) and farnesene-based elastomer applications. (Earlier post.) This collaboration, which originally began in 2011, features increased farnesene supply to Kuraray and joint marketing of products to industry and end-customers.
Amyris’s sugarcane-derived Biofene forms the basis for a wide range of products varying from specialty products such as cosmetics, perfumes, detergents and industrial lubricants, to transportation fuels such as diesel and jet fuel. As a tailor-made pure hydrocarbon it provides numerous advantages when compared to petroleum-based oils and chemicals and is renewable, contributing to a sustainable future.
Kuraray’s recent technological successes with rubber containing farnesene includes an enhanced synthetic additive for tire manufacturers. Its novel LFR and other farnesene- containing rubber materials add substantial grip and cornering capability to tires, particularly in cold, snow and ice conditions.
In addition, its hydrogenated styrenic-farnesene copolymer (HSFC) has demonstrated superior shock absorption in products ranging from footwear to specialty construction materials.