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Genencor obtains key European license

Genencor International Inc. has acquired an exclusive license for patents for stonewashing denim in Europe. The company acquired the license to patents that cover processes using cellulase enzymes for producing stone-washed effects in denim or other fabrics. The move ensures that Genencor’s products are the only ones licensed in Europe for the application.

Genencor obtains key European license

Genencor International Inc. has acquired an exclusive license for patents for stonewashing denim in Europe.
The company acquired the license to Ecolab Inc.’s Stone-Eze patents for use in Europe. The patents cover processes that use cellulase enzymes for producing stone-washed effects in denim or other fabrics and ensure that Genencor’s products are the only ones licensed in Europe for the application.
“We estimate that the worldwide market for textile enzymes is in excess of $125 million of which the majority is for the cellulase business segment,” said Tom Pekich, group vice president of industrial chemicals for Genencor. “Acquiring an exclusive license to the European Stone-Eze patents gives us a strategic competitive asset in the textile marketplace.”
Research conducted last year by Werner International found that more than 200 million pairs of denim jeans were sold in Europe during 1999, with demand highest in France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom.
The biotech firm employs more than 200 people here, home to its administrative offices. It develops products for the health care, agriculture, industrial and consumer markets.

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