Evry, France – French renewable resource company Global Bioenergies has delivered isobutene produced at its industrial pilot to Arlanxeo, a Maastricht, The Netherlands-based synthetic rubber JV between Lanxess and Saudi Aramco.
The “high-purity isobutene from renewable resources” was produced through a modern process, said the French company in a statement on 21 April.
Global Bioenergies also announced that it was focusing on improving the performance of its process, operating its industrial pilot, and building a demo plant in Germany.
Also, the company said that it was preparing its first full-scale plant through a joint venture with Cristal Union, named IBN-One.
Currently produced from fossil oil, isobutene is one of the major building blocks of the petrochemical industry with a multi-billion dollar market, Global Bioenergies added.
The biggest application for high-purity isobutene is butyl-rubber, an elastomer used mainly in tires.
The French firm also said that the process can also be used to produce bio-based propylene and butadiene.