CARLSBAD, Calif., July 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Yulex, a specialty materials and
chemical company (SM&C), focused on generating a renewable domestic source of
natural rubber latex for medical devices and specialty consumer products,
today announced the completion of the first commercial pilot plant for the
production of Guayule natural rubber latex. Yulex's proprietary Guayule
(why-u-lee) latex formulations provide the only "natural solution" to the
global need for a safe, cost-effective, yet high-performance latex for the
manufacturing of critical medical products, according to Jeffrey A. Martin,
president and chief executive officer of Yulex.
Yulex's pilot plant, located in Maricopa, Arizona, has the capacity to
process over 750 metric tons of biomass per annum. In addition to the pilot
facility, Yulex is operating a research and quality assurance laboratory on-
site to support the manufacturing facility. "Completing the pilot facility
will provide commercial quantities of Guayule natural rubber latex for
evaluation by Yulex's strategic partners in the medical device industry while
providing process data to our engineers on the critical parameters necessary
for scale-up to full production," Mr. Martin said.
Guayule is a desert shrub indigenous to the southwestern United States and
northern Mexico. The species (Parthenium argentatum) is a new industrial crop
and the only species other than the Brazilian rubber tree (Hevea
brasiliansis), now grown predominantly in tropical Southeast Asia, which has
been used for the production of natural rubber latex on a commercial scale.
Guayule (domestic) latex is the only natural rubber alternative, which is
commercially available, and the only source of natural rubber latex free of
tropical proteins known to cause Type I latex allergy. Mr. Martin added,
"More than twenty million individuals in the United States developed varying
sensitivities to tropical latex after the late 1980s when the use of latex
barrier products (i.e., gloves, condoms, catheters, etc.) increased
exponentially as a result of the AIDS crisis."
Yulex ( www.yulex.com ) is biobased SM&C Company focused on the production
of a domestic source of natural rubber derived from the desert shrub known as
Guayule. Yulex has an exclusive license to a patented process to produce
latex and products from Guayule in cooperation with the Agricultural Research
Service of the U.S.D.A. The Company, along with industrial strategic
partners, is currently developing technology to extract other specialty
chemicals and biofuels from the desert shrub. Yulex, a privately-held
company, was founded in 1997 and based in Carlsbad, California.
For further information, please contact Jeffrey A. Martin, President and
CEO of Yulex Corporation, +1-760-476-0320, firstname.lastname@example.org .
SOURCE Yulex Corporation