Amyris Ships First Truckload of Biofene From Its New Plant in Brazil
EMERYVILLE, California — Amyris, Inc. (Nasdaq:AMRS), a leading renewable chemicals and fuels company, announced today the first commercial shipment from its new plant in Brazil. Amyris’s first purpose-built industrial fermentation facility produces Biofene®, Amyris’s brand of renewable farnesene, to be used in a range of specialty chemical and fuel applications.
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“This initial shipment marks the successful completion of our start-up activities. We have operated multiple tanks without contamination or surprises through several production runs during the first month of operation,” said John Melo, President and CEO of Amyris.
“We are now focused on ramping up Biofene production and delivering product to our customers, from renewable diesel for bus fleets in Brazil to squalane emollient globally and soon a range of specialty chemical applications,” Melo concluded.
Amyris’s Biofene plant in Brotas, in the state of São Paulo, Brazil, sources its sugarcane feedstock locally from the Paraíso mill. Prior to the start-up of this facility, Amyris relied solely on contract manufacturing for commercial production.
As previously announced, Amyris will report financial results for the fourth quarter 2012 and provide a business update on February 19, 2013, after the close of market. (February 1, 2013)