DSM, Roquette to build bio-based succinic acid plant in Italy

09 May 2011 08:09  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Dutch specialty chemicals firm DSM said on Monday it will build a commercial scale bio-based succinic acid plant in Italy, in partnership with French company Roquette Freres.

The plant to be built in Cassano Spinola will have a capacity of about 10,000 tonnes/year and is scheduled to come on stream in the second half of 2012. The facility will be Europe’s biggest bio-based succinic acid plant, DSM said in a statement.

Financial details of the project were not disclosed.

Succinic acid is used in the manufacture of polymers, resins, food and pharmaceuticals.

Early last year, DSM and Roquette opened a bio-based succinic acid demonstration plant in Lestrem, France. This demo plant has been running at full capacity, DSM said.

“The new plant in Italy will allow customers in Europe, North America and Asia to make larger volume commitments to their [own] customers," said Jean-Bernard Leleu, deputy CEO at Roquette, which produces starch and starch derivatives.

“Our proprietary yeast-based fermentation process not only allows cost effective production; it also eliminates salt waste and other by-products and thus improves the overall eco-footprint of end-products,” said Rob van Leen, chief innovation officer of DSM.

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