Lanxess to use Evocatal Biotechnology

Lanxess to use Evocatal BiotechnologyLANXESS announced that it will cooperate with biotechnology expert Evocatal in the development of biotechnological methods for the synthesis of precursors for the rubber production. The project will utilise local renewable materials in the manufacture of rubber upstream products. Until now, rubber manufacturers have worked exclusively with fossil-based materials.

The two companies will be developing a biological method to help preserve resources and reduce carbon emissions. The cooperation will determine new pathways for synthesis and developing effective biocatalysts.

Launched in September 2011, the partnership is part of the “ThRuBio” project (Thermoplastics and Rubber via Biotechnological Synthesis), a research consortium that includes Evonik, Lanxess and the Technical University of Munich.

The research project, which will continue until 2014, is receiving support from the German Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (BMELV) via the Agency for Renewable Resources (FNR).(PRA)