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Amyris signs multi-year collaboration extension with Kuraray for farnesene rubber and elastomers

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.


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