In California, Genomatica announced its successful production of pound quantities of butadiene made from renewable feedstocks. This achievement confirms the technical viability of Genomatica’s bio-based manufacturing process for the dedicated, on-purpose production of butadiene. Butadiene is one of the seven basic chemicals at the core of the chemical industry and is an important ingredient used to make products such as tires, engineering polymers and latex products.
Global demand is forecasted to be over 20 billion pounds in 2011, or approximately $40 billion based on June 2011 prices. Butadiene to be Genomatica’s second process after butanediol (BDO). Genomatica’s first process is for commercial production of 1,4-butanediol (BDO), also a C4 chemical.