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PRESS RELEASE

2016.03.01
Japan Material Technologies Corporation and Asahi Glass establish a bio-based organic acid company

MANAGEMENT
PHILOSOPHY:

Many of the chemical products used in our daily life are derived from crude oil, but many of the organic acids used as food additives and pharmaceutical and agrochemical intermediaries are produced by fermenting the sugar found in plants. However, the majority of major organic acid fermentation processes currently in use require the addition of a neutralizing agent during manufacturing. This is a major issue as it results in the production of large volumes of waste by- product, placing a significant burden on the global environment.

JMTC Enzyme use proprietary organic acid producing microorganism to contribute towards the reduction in the environmental burden by reducing the volume of waste by-product, an issue affecting the various organic acid fermentation processes in use around the world.

JMTC Enzyme is particularly focused on contributing to the adoption of environmentally-friendly products by supplying materials including pharmaceutical and agrochemical intermediaries, cleansing agents, and also D-Lactic acid, a material seen as a candidate for various possible new applications including as a raw material for the production of biodegradable plastic.

TECHNOLOGY AND
PRODUCTS:

COMMERCIALIZATION OF TECHNOLOGY HARNESSING S. Pombe

JMTC Enzyme is aiming to commercialize technology for producing organic acids from the sugar found in plants (glucose) by harnessing the activity of genetic recombinant Schizosaccharomyces pombe (S. Pombe). S. pombe was the first fission yeast isolated from East African millet beer. Genetic recombinant technology developed by AGC can be used to produce various different types of organic acid using the fermentation method.

REDUCING WASTE BYPRODUCT VOLUMES
THOROUGH STRONG TOLERANCE OF ACID

The most significant feature of this technology is the use of S. pombe's characteristic of strong tolerance for acidity to eliminate the need for the use of the neutralizing agent during the organic acid production process. This results in the elimination of waste byproducts. As this technology is expected to achieve wider applications in future as a technology capable of supporting the development of a sustainable society that is kind to human beings and the environment, it was, in FY 2014, presented with the Green Sustainable Chemistry (GSC) award by the Japan Association for Chemical Innovation.

ESTABLISHMENT OF TECHNIQUES FOR
PRODUCING D-Lactic ACID, MOVING
TOWARDS MASS PRODUCTION

JMTC Enzyme is aiming firstly to mass-produce D-Lactic acid using a fermentation method that harnesses the activity of S. pombe. D-Lactic acid is currently attracting great attention as a material that could potentially enhance the heat-resistance and strength of PLA (polylactic acid), environmentally-friendly biodegradable plastic. Current issues relating to this process include the lack of manufacturing technologies that can achieve the lower costs necessary to promote the wider adoption of the process.

JMTC Enzyme aims to contribute to the sustainable development of human society by establishing D-Lactic acid manufacturing processes that will encourage the production and usage of environmentally-friendly biodegradable plastic.

CORPORATE
PROFILE:

Company nameJMTC Enzyme Corporation
Board of DirectorsSatoshi Kamata (President & CEO)
Koyu Urata (Japan Material Technologies Corporation)
Norihito Nakazawa (AGC Inc.)
Audit & Supervisory Board MemberTsuguya Ota
Established DateMarch 1, 2016
ShareholdersJapan Material Technologies Corporation
AGC Inc.
BusinessManufacture and sales of bio-based organic acid
AddressAIOS GINZA, 8-17-5 Ginza, Chuo-ku Tokyo 104-0061
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