Amyris to enter the industrial cleaning products market

First products containing Amyris’s Myralene™ brand of renewable solvent to be distributed via leading auto parts supplier network in the United States

EMERYVILLE, Calif., Jan. 20, 2015 — Amyris, Inc. (Nasdaq:AMRS) announced today it plans to launch its first industrial cleaning products containing Amyris’s Myralene™ renewable solvents through U.S. AutoForce and U.S. Lubricants, divisions of U.S. Venture, Inc.

This planned partnership will enable Amyris’s high performance renewable industrial cleaning products to gain visibility and access to over 35,000 automotive aftermarket and industrial outlets served by U.S. Venture divisions.

“We are excited about the marketing capability of the U.S. AutoForce and U.S. Lubricants teams and committed to establishing a mutually-beneficial marketing collaboration that enables Myralene-based cleaning products to become preferred cleaning agents for the auto service industry and other industrial applications,” said John Melo, President & CEO of Amyris, Inc.

Amyris has developed a best-in-class renewable solvent produced from plant sugars. The Myralene solvent is derived from Amyris’s renewable hydrocarbon building block, farnesene. Myralene sustainably-sourced, VOC-exempt solvents provide a favorable viscosity profile, superior degreasing power, excellent thermal and hydrolytic stability, low odor, no color, and ready biodegradability.

“We’re excited at the performance of the Myralene product line and the potential of combining our industry-leading distribution business with Amyris renewable products. Our access to a large variety of automotive aftermarkets and industrial consumers provides both of our companies with strong opportunities for growth,” said John Schmidt, CEO of U.S. Venture, Inc.

“Amyris continues to deliver strong operational performance as we execute on our plan to deliver positive cash flow from operations in 2015. The initial customer feedback on products formulated with our renewable ingredients, such as our Myralene solvents, has been positive and underscores the potential growth in our No Compromise® product portfolio. Customers want better performing products that are competitively priced and do not damage the environment,” concluded Melo.

About Amyris

Amyris is a global renewable products company providing sustainable alternatives to a variety of non-renewable resources. Amyris uses its innovative bioscience technology to convert plant sugars into hydrocarbon molecules. Amyris creates ingredients and is commercializing its No Compromise® products in the flavors and fragrances, cosmetics, specialty fluids, polymers, lubricants, and fuels industries. Amyris Brasil Ltda., a subsidiary of Amyris, oversees the establishment and expansion of Amyris’s production in Brazil.

About U.S. Venture

For over 60 years, U.S. Venture, Inc. has been recognized as an innovative leader in the distribution of petroleum and renewable energy products, lubricants, and tires and parts for the automotive aftermarket. Guided by its company vision, “To be the very best value-adding distributor of products that vehicles consume in North America,” they deliver unconventional, creative solutions that give their customers a competitive edge. Headquartered in Appleton, Wisconsin, the company’s business divisions are U.S. Oil, U.S. AutoForce®, U.S. Lubricants and U.S. Gain. More information about US Venture is available at


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