Tailored algal oils on the agenda with Solazyme-Mitsui deal

Tailored algal oils on the agenda with Solazyme-Mitsui deal

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Renewable oils producer Solazyme has teamed up with Mitsui to jointly develop a suite of triglyceride oils for use primarily in the oleochemical industry: an ingredient used in many personal care products.

The multi-year agreement is worth $20 million (€15 million) and includes further development of Solazyme’s breakthrough high myristic algal oil, a valuable raw material in the oleochemical industry, as well as additional oils that Solazyme is developing for the oleochemical and industrial sectors.

Extensive knowledge

“Mitsui’s extensive knowledge of the end use markets for the jointly-developed triglyceride products, including both the oleochemical industry and applications further downstream, makes Mitsui an ideal fit for Solazyme,”​ said Jonathan Wolfson, CEO, Solazyme.

“We look forward to rapid progress on our research and development efforts, and to commercialize these novel products thereafter.”

The product development is expected to span a multi-year period, with periodic product introductions throughout the term of the joint development alliance., with applikcations including many toiletries and cosmetics products.


“Collaborating with Solazyme allows us to develop highly attractive products to penetrate the traditional oleochemicals industry, and expand beyond the supply limitations caused by both regional oil production and constraints in conventional oil profiles,”​ said Daiji Kojima, general manager of Specialty chemicals Division, Mitsui.

According to Kojima, Solazyme’s flexible manufacturing process and oil tailoring capabilities helps to support long-term competitiveness, independent of price swings inherent to this industry, and will allow Mitsui to produce tailored oils that are in demand in the marketplace.

“Mitsui looks forward to strengthening its position in the oleochemicals industry through the successful development and commercialization of these novel products as a potential source of new sustainable materials to oleochemical companies including Mitsui’s subsidiary, Palm-Oleo Sdn.Bhd,”​ he added.

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