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In France, Cray Valley has launched new tackifying resins
produced with Amyris’ (AMRS)
biologically derived Biofene branded farnesene.
Tack is the measure of stickiness — vital to everything from
adhesives that need to hold things in place to inks that need to
stay on the printed page.
According to independent market research firm,
MarketsandMarkets.com, the global tackifier market is projected to
reach USD 3.56 billion by 2020. This poses a large opportunity for
renewable farnesene-based tackifiers and Amyris believes it can
access a large market share as its product applications within the
space achieve commercial scale.
Cray Valley’s Wingtack family of tackifying resins have been
manufactured with piperylene (a volatile hydrocarbon that is a
byproduct of ethylene production) as a primary source. Other
tackifier resins typically are derived from trees or citrus fruit
The Cray Valley backstory
Total Cray Valley is part of Total’s Polymers division within the
Refining & Chemicals branch. Total Cray Valley manufactures
Wingtack and Cleartack hydrocarbon resins, Poly bd, Ricon and
Krasol liquid polybutadiene resins, SMA® copolymer resins, and
Dymalink monomers. These products are used as raw materials and
additives for adhesives, rubber, electronics, thermoplastics,
coatings and other applications.
The switch to biofene
Utilizing new technology has enabled Cray Valley to use farnesene
as a sustainably-sourced 30% replacement for piperylene and add
Wingtack EXTRA F30 to its product line of tackifiers while
maintaining solid performance, particularly for use in hot melt
and hot melt pressure sensitive adhesives. Cray Valley will
showcase this new technology and its product line at the Adhesive
and Sealant Council Conference and Expo.
The disruptive nature of Amyris’s farnesene has enabled Cray
Valley to create new tackifying resins that are based on monomers
from sustainable biomaterials. As a result, these farnesene-based
resins are not subject to the cost and supply instabilities of
petroleum-based monomers or the typical natural variabilities that
affect the quality of pinene and limonene monomers.
“We are pleased to support Cray Valley in the launch of new
tackifiers with excellent performance characteristics that support
growth in sustainably produced resin products for the large global
market for these applications,” said John Melo, President &
CEO of Amyris.
The Biofene backstory
Amyris’s sugar cane-derived Biofene forms the basis for a wide
range of products varying from specialty products such as
cosmetics, perfumes, detergents and industrial lubricants, to
transportation fuels such as diesel and jet fuel. As a tailor made
pure hydrocarbon it provides numerous advantages when compared to
petroleum-based oils and chemicals and is renewable, contributing
to a sustainable future.
Jim Lane is editor of Biofuels Digest., where this article
published. Biofuels Digest is the most widely
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