NUSAJAYA, JOHOR: Verdezyne Inc., a synthetic biology company producing biobased chemicals, announced recently that a groundbreaking ceremony was held on July 30 for its VerdePalm plant, Verdezyne’s first commercial-scale renewable chemicals manufacturing facility, at the Bio-XCell premier biotechnology and ecosystem park in Nusajaya, Iskandar, in southern Malaysia.

The new facility is designed to produce biobased long chain diacids via fermentation of Verdezyne’s proprietary yeast, which has been engineered to use non-food biomass to produce high value chemicals.

The first product produced at VerdePalm will be dodecanedioic acid (DDDA), a 12-carbon diacid that is a component of many consumer products currently made from petroleum.

DDDA is a main building block of FerroShieldTM.

Verdezyne’s nitrate-free dibasic acid mixture used in a variety of corrosion inhibitor applications including metalworking fluids, engine coolants, metal cleaners, die cast release agents, and aqueous hydraulic fluids.

The groundbreaking ceremony for the VerdePalm plant was co-hosted by Verdezyne and Bio-Xcell Malaysia.