Natural-based chemicals company Emery Oleochemicals says construction activities of its bio-polyol plant in Cincinnati, Ohio has reached mechanical completion.
The company says the plant is the world’s first and will further strengthen its ability to provide a wide range of eco-friendly polyoyls products. It will produce recyclable polyols and marks the integration of Infigreen technology acquired in 2012.
With the initiation of pre-commissioning activities and site operational verification, startup of the first phase of the $50 million facility marks a milestone in the expansion project designed to boost capacity and technical capabilities in the manufacturing of performance bio-based polyols for the automotive, furniture and bedding and major appliances industries.
Announced in 2012, the project will reach initial production goals by the end of 2014 in the area of renewable-based polyols, using Emery Oleochemicals’ proprietary ozonolysis technology.
The second phase adjoins in this same manufacturing complex and is in its final building stage with civil and structural installation at various process units nearing completion.
When full facility commissioning completes in Q2 2015, the Cinccinati site will additionally produce solutions for Emery Oleochemicals’ Agro Green, Bio-Lubricants and Green Polymer Additives businesses, therefore providing natural-based products in market segments such as agriculture, lubricants, oilfield, packaging, toys and other high-growth industries.
In September, Genomatica’s integrated biotechnology platform created microorganisms that achieved a “titer” (concentration of product) of over 50 grams per liter in less than half the time required by its earlier program.
This marks an important step on the path toward commercialization and validates the platform’s ability to engineer microorganisms for chemical production, the company says.