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The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company

On September 16, 2008, Genencor announced its collaborative research agreement with The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. This exciting project builds upon Genencor’s core competencies in industrial biotechnology and marks yet another milestone in our company’s history.

The two companies joined forces to develop BioIsoprene™ monomer – a renewable, cost-competitive alternative for petroleum-derived isoprene – and also developed an integrated production system. Danisco anticipates the collaboration will significantly grow new business in the biochemical sector. By providing a biobased alternative to a key chemical in synthetic rubber production, BioIsoprene™ monomer could revolutionize the industry.

Market opportunities for BioIsoprene™ monomer extend to other applications as well, such as adhesives and specialty elastomers.

In December 2009, Genencor and Goodyear showcased the world’s first concept demonstration tires made with BioIsoprene™ technology at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. 

Goodyear tire on the road

BioIsoprene™: A Genencor-Goodyear Collaboration