BioAmber, Mitsubishi Chemical form succinic acid partnership

26 April 2011 16:01  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--BioAmber and Mitsubishi Chemical have formed a partnership that makes BioAmber and its Asian distribution partner, Mitsui & Co, the exclusive suppliers of bio-based succinic acid to Mitsubishi Chemical, the companies said on Tuesday.

BioAmber and Mitsubishi Chemical said they will also incorporate elements of Mitsubishi’s succinic acid technology into BioAmber’s biosuccinic platform.

“The goal is to produce low-cost succinic acid that will drive down the manufacturing cost of Mitsubishi Chemical's patent protected polybutylene succinate,” which is a  a renewable, biodegradable polymer, BioAmber said.

In addition, the companies said they are conducting a feasibility study to build a succinic acid production facility next to Mitsubishi Chemical's planned polybutylene succinate plant in Thailand.

BioAmber, which is headquartered in Minneapolis, in the US state of Minnesota, has already begun to supply Mitsubishi Chemical with bio-based succinic acid produced in Europe, it said.

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By: Tanzeel Akhtar
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