Bioamber commissions first renewable succinic acid plant

20 January 2010 11:17  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS news)--Bioamber has started up and commissioned the first bio-based succinic acid plant in Pomacle, France, and plans to begin selling to customers immediately, the speciality chemical company said on Wednesday.

The company wanted to build market demand as it negotiates the sale of licences for large-scale plants, which would produce renewable succinic acid from wheat-derived glucose, it said.

The plant, with an initial annual capacity of 2,000 metric tons, has been producing since December 2009, according to the company.

“Since 2007, we have sampled over 50 companies in a number of applications including plastics, polyurethanes, polyesters, plasticizers, solvents and de-icers,” said Patrick Piot, general manager of Bioamber.

“This production plant is a major milestone in our development. Renewable succinic acid is no longer an R&D program; it is a commercial reality for the chemical industry,” Piot added.

Bioamber, a joint venture between private US-based DNP Green Technology and France-based ARD (Agro-industrie Recherches et Développements), claimed renewable succinic acid offers higher purity than petroleum-derived succinic acid, with the added benefit of consuming carbon dioxide in the production process.

Piot announced at the 4th European Bioplastics Conference in Berlin in November 2009 that the company would start to market succinic acid.

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