A Teesside technology centre has announced it is working with US-based Invista to develop gas-based processes for making industrial chemicals.
The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI), based at Wilton, is working with Invista, which also has a site at Wilton, on gas-fermentation technologies.
Bosses say the deal will combine Invista’s experience in biotechnology and CPI’s knowledge of science and engineering in product development.
Industrial biotechnology is the production and use of industrial products from biological resources.
Nigel Perry, CPI chief executive, said: “We believe gas fermentation technology holds great promise to unlock the economic production of commodity products.”
Invista is one of the world’s largest producers of chemical intermediates, polymers and fibres, with its technologies for nylon, spandex and polyester used to make clothing, carpet and car parts.
Invista says the project is “still in the early stages of development”, but if research continues to progress well it hopes to begin commercialising the technology in 2018.
In September CPI revealed it would lead a £10m project to increase work on printable electronics, saying it was leading a consortium of major companies to create a UK supply chain to enable the widespread adoption of low cost, near field communication (NFC) devices using printable electronics.