DSM aims for bio-renewable succinic acid by end of 2009

29 January 2009 21:04  [Source: ICIS news]

SAN FRANCISO (ICIS news)--Netherlands-based DSM Pharmaceutical Products is targeting production of 500 tonnes of biorenewable succinic acid by the end of 2009, a company official said on Thursday. 

“We are still deciding which location production will be, but we are working on it with our partner Roquette,” said Ronald Gebhard, director research & development, DSM Pharmaceutical Products, at Informex USA in San Francisco.

The company currently has a demonstration plant available that walks customers through the fermentation process, developed by DSM and French starch manufacturer Roquette.

Succinic acid is used in a number of industries, including pharmaceuticals, food, surfactants and detergents, and flavors and fragrances. It is also used as starting material for many chemicals.

The compound is commonly made from crude oil, but with the shift towards more green and sustainable chemistry, some producers are looking to break that reliance on crude oil.

DSM is using glucose as a raw source and expects to reach commercial scale production by 2011.

DSM’s longer term objective is to become a leading provider for second generation biorefineries based on its enzyme and yeast fermentation technologies.

“As an example, we can cut costs by shortening a 7-step process for making an active pharmaceutical ingredient to a 2-step process using our fermentation technology,” Gebhard said.

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