Copenhagen, Denmark – The world’s first concept demonstration tires made with BioIsoprene technology, a breakthrough alternative to replace a petrochemically produced ingredient in the manufacture of synthetic rubber with renewable biomass, made their debut in Copenhagen, Denmark, this week. One tire will be on display at a lounge in the common departure area at the Copenhagen International Airport throughout December 21, while the other tire will make appearances at several special events during the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen (COP 15) through December. The tires made with BioIsoprene are the result of a collaboration between Genencor, a division of Danisco, and Goodyear, one of the world’s largest and most innovative tire companies.
“We are literally rolling out an important milestone in our collaboration with Goodyear on a breakthrough biochemical,” says Tom Knutzen, CEO of Danisco. “BioIsoprene is an excellent example of Danisco’s leadership in industrial biotechnology through our Genencor division. As we deliver enzymes to existing markets, we are also investing in future bio-innovations with extraordinary potential to address the world’s most urgent business and environmental challenges.”
“Goodyear’s first concept tire manufactured with BioIsoprene shows the enormous progress we have made in using a bio-based alternative to the petroleum-derived raw material isoprene in our production process,” says Jesse Roeck, Director, Global Materials Science at Goodyear. “The development of BioIsoprene could make Goodyear less dependent on oil-derived products. We share Genencor’s vision of lessening industry impact on the environment by applying renewable raw materials in the supply chain.”
Beyond tires, BioIsoprene offers vast potential in other applications, such as other rubber products and adhesives. The market for isoprene could reach up to 11 billion pounds per year by 2012. Genencor plans to bring the technology to pilot stage within two years, followed by commercial production.
“We’re building advanced biorefineries of the future through strategic collaborations, such as our work with Goodyear and our joint venture DuPont Danisco Cellulosic Ethanol, as well as public-private partnerships,” says Philippe Lavielle, Executive VP of Business Development for Genencor. “By joining forces with other industry leaders and leveraging our cutting edge biotech capabilities, we’re able to accelerate development and deployment of breakthrough technologies like BioIsoprene.”