ERJ staff report (DS)
Emeryville, California - Amyris, Inc. and Michelin have jointly signed a definitive agreement to collaborate in the development and commercialisation of renewable isoprene, the chemical building block used in synthetic and natural rubbers.
Under the agreement, Amyris and Michelin will partner to contribute funding and technical resources to develop Amyris's technology to produce isoprene from renewable feedstocks.
Amyris expects to begin to commercialise this isoprene in 2015 for use in tyre and other speciality chemical applications such as adhesives, coatings and sealants. Michelin is committed to off-take volumes on a ten years basis.
In addition, Amyris retains the right to market its renewable isoprene to other customers. Amyris will sell the material under the name, Amyris No CompromiseÂ®
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Press release from Michelin and Amyris