Corrected: ADM to start 2 US biobased chemical facilities in late 2009

20 July 2009 23:35  [Source: ICIS news]

Correction: In the ICIS news story headlined “ADM to start 2 US biobased chemical facilities in late 2009” dated 20 July 2009, please read in the second paragraph.... to produce 100,000 tonnes/year... instead of... 100,000 tons/year. In the sixth paragraph, please read... 50,000 tonnes/year... instead of... 50,000 tons/year... A corrected story follows.

MONTREAL, CANADA (ICIS news)--US agribusiness major Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) will start its new biobased propylene glycol (PG) facility in Illinois as well as a bioplastic facility in Iowa in the fourth quarter of this year, a company official said on Monday.

Its new facility in Decatur, Illinois, will have the capability to produce 100,000 tonnes/year of PG made from glycerine, said Todd Werpy, vice president of ADM’s advanced biofuels and chemicals business, at the World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing conference in Montreal.

The facility also has the flexibility to produce PG from sorbitol, he added.

“We plan on producing both industrial standard and United States Pharmacopeia (USP) excipient grades for our biobased PG,” he said. “This is a pretty significant facility heralding our entrance into the marketplace.”

ADM said the facility can also produce some ethylene glycol (EG) but only in small amounts.

The company’s new bioplastic facility in Clinton, Iowa, meanwhile, will start producing polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) plastic with a capacity of 50,000 tonnes/year. ADM is producing the bioplastic in a joint venture with biotechnology company Metabolix.

Werpy said the facility has the capability to expand by 50%.

Other bio-based chemicals that ADM are looking into are production of isosorbide from sorbitol, glycerine-based ephichlorohydrin and acrylic acid, and C4 bio-based chemical platforms such as succinic acid and fumaric acid.

The three-day industrial biotechnology conference ends on Wednesday.

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