Solution To a Sustainable society
Green Chemicals Co., Ltd.(GCC) is developing technologies utilizing plant-derived substances as raw materials to produce various chemicals traditionally produced from petroleum.
The Japanese government's declaration of "carbon neutral by 2050" is attracting significant attention as a response to various issues that threaten the sustainable life of the humans. This means that the amount of greenhouse gas emissions and the amount of the gas absorbed must be balanced exactly. Our technology that can shift petroleum-derived products to plant-derived products is one of the most effective ways to achieve this.
We want to leave a habitable environment for our children to enjoy in the future.
Through the application of our technology to the bio-industry, we hope to play a major role in achieving carbon neutral.
Green Chemicals' plant-based (biomass feedstock-based) bioprocess is expected to reduce CO2 emissions by approximately 70% against production using petroleum-based chemicals. The ability to reduce CO2 emissions through biomass feedstock is a common advantage of various green chemicals.
At GCC, we combine our original technologies to produce useful compounds, including green chemicals, at the world's highest level. We construct production strains that enable the production of target substances from sugars and oligosaccharides derived from various non-food biomass. We also work on enhanced production of target substances through bioconversion processes, and through condensation and purification.
Challenges to the bioproduction of various aromatic compounds
Enhanced production of aromatic compounds with strong inhibitory effects on cell growth had been difficult to achieve using conventional biotechnology methods.
However, GCC has overcome this problem by applying RITE Bioprocess technology. It has already achieved the world's highest level of productivity for the following aromatic-related compounds. Building on this success, we continue to strive to achieve enhanced production levels for various green chemicals.
Phenol precursors, polymers, etc.
4-Hydroxybenzoic acid is a type of aromatic compound widely used as a raw material for liquid crystal polymers in electronic components and preservatives. GCC uses coryneform bacteria, which are highly resistant to 4-hydroxybenzoic acid, as the production host in our original bio-processes to achieve the world's highest level for the product titer and yield.
Influenza medicine, etc.
Shikimic acid is a compound found in the fruit of the shikimi (star anise) tree and is used as a material in the manufacture of the flu medication Tamiflu. GCC has established a bioprocess for the highly efficient production of shikimic acid from plant materials. We aim to expand its use to a wide range of applications.
Polymers, pharmaceuticals, etc.
Protocatechuic acid is useful as a pharmaceutical ingredient and functional food material. It shows promise as a compound that can be used as a raw material for fragrances (vanillin) and high-performance polymers.
GCC has established a bioprocess for the highly efficient production of protocatechuic acid from plant materials. We aim to expand its use to a wide range of applications.
Automotive parts, electronics, etc.
An increasing number of companies are working on global environmental protection (e.g., reducing CO2 emissions), SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals), and LCA studies (quantifying the environmental impact of products). GCC develops phenols effective in alleviating the environmental impact of products derived from raw petrochemical materials.