DSM to buy Germany-based biogas firm Biopract

02 June 2009 09:23  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS news)--DSM has agreed to acquire Berlin, Germany, based biogas firm Biopract for an undisclosed sum, the Dutch life sciences and chemicals company said on Tuesday.

The acquisition had been finalised, DSM said, adding that the impact on its net sales in 2009 and 2010 was not expected to be material.

The company said the acquisition of privately held Biopract would serve as an entry point for DSM into the biogas market, which was showing 15-20% growth per year.

Founded in 1992, Biopract's main focus has been on the commercialisation and extension of its Methaplus enzyme series for the improvement of agricultural and industrial biogas production.

"We are convinced that biotechnology will contribute significantly to the sustainable and efficient use of natural resources today and in the future. We look forward to combining Biopract's expertise with ours to further increase the efficiency and performance of biogas plants," said Rob van Leen, chief innovation officer of DSM.

Biogas is produced by anaerobic fermentation of biodegradable materials such as biomass, manure or sewage, green waste and energy crops. It can be used to generate electricity and as a low-cost fuel for any heating purpose and can be upgraded to natural gas quality.

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By: Hilde Ovrebekk
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