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2014 was a golden year, says Novozymes
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According to Novozymes, 2014 was a golden and glittering year for the company as it received many awards, citations, regulatory approvals for its products and also in other spheres of its operations.

The year started with RobecoSAM, specialists in sustainability investment, awarding Novozymes a top Gold Class rating in the ‘Sustainability Yearbook 2014’.

Novozymes said it was the only company in the biotechnology industry sector to receive this honor.

In September, the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) announced that Novozymes received 86 points out of 100 within the Chemical Industry Sector.

“The score is in the top 3 percentile of sustainability leaders in this new and highly competitive sector,” Novozymes said.

In February, Novozymes and Monsanto received the required regulatory approvals to make The BioAg Alliance a reality, which marked a true beginning for sustainable microbial technology in agriculture.

After which, Novozymes decided to establish a new R&D campus in North Carolina, dedicated to bio-agriculture and at year-end, had hired more than 80 new scientists.

Bioenergy sales enjoyed strong growth during 2014, and this was mainly driven by continued positive penetration of Novozymes’ yield discovery solutions, Avantec, Spirizyme Achieve and Olexa.

In the third quarter, sales were up by 23 per cent in LCY compared with the first nine months of 2013.

In May, Novozymes’ CEO, Peder Holk Nielsen joined other international business leaders at the White House at a event hosted by President Obama to discuss investing in the US.

And one month earlier, Peder had met China’s President, Xi Jinping during a Danish state visit to Beijing.

In October, Novozymes launched Medley, a set of five ready-made, pre-stabilized enzyme blends for liquid detergents, the first ever blend of enzymes introduced for the broad detergent market.

On December 17, Raízen announced that they had produced biofuel at their first cellulosic ethanol unit in Brazil, a technology developed by Novozymes.

2014 has also been an important year for cellulosic biofuel. In September, Liberty, the first US commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant, too was inaugurated.

Later that month, Brazil’s GranBio began production at Bioflex 1, the first commercial-scale advanced biofuels plant in the Southern Hemisphere. (AR)

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