Covestro, the Leverkusen, Germany based raw materials manufacturer, and Genomatica, a biotech company based in California have announced that they have successfully produced significant volumes of a plant-based version of the chemical raw material HMDA (hexamethylene diamine).
The development is the fruit of a long-term partnership that was established in March 2019. Back then, the companies came together to research and develop high-performance materials based on renewable feedstocks, driven by the ambition to reduce the industry’s dependence both on fossil raw materials and market fluctuations.
The programme with Genomatica is complementary to Covestro’s internal R&D, said Covestro CEO, Markus Steilemann. Genomatica focusses on the development of renewably-sourced, plant-based counterparts of widely-used ingredients and materials, while Covestro established an R&D Competence Center for biotechnology to strengthen its overall know-how in this field.
The programme is ‘one of our largest external funding of biotechnology R&D to date, and underscores both the field’s importance to Covestro and the results it can deliver’, he added.