Lanxess to go for bio-based feedstocks

By David Shaw, ERJ staff

Toronto, Canada — Lanxess AG intends to move toward bio-based raw materials, replacing petro-based monomers, according to Dr Ron Commander, head of Lanxess butyl rubber business. He said Lanxess has “made a decision to divorce ourselves from the petrochemical– the barrel of oil.”

Commander was speaking at a seminar on biotechnology and bioprocessing in Toronto, along with Pat Gruber, chief executive of Gevo, in which Lanxess has bought a significant stake. Commander said of the relationship with Gevo, “this is a…

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