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 .
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