BASF, Purac begin talks over bio-based succinic acid joint venture

01 August 2011 12:01  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--BASF and specialty chemicals producer Purac have started negotiations to form a joint venture for the production of bio-based succinic acid, the Germany-based petrochemicals major said on Monday.

Purac is a subsidiary of Dutch firm CSM.

The companies have been conducting research on bio-based succinic acid under a joint development agreement since 2009, BASF added.

“We aim to be the first commercial producer in the market with a 25,000 [-tonne] capacity fermentation production plant at the Purac site near Barcelona, Spain, with the intention to start up by 2013 at the latest,” said Gerard Hoetmer, CEO of CSM.

“In addition, we are already planning a world-scale plant with a capacity of 50,000 [tonnes] to account for the expected demand growth. This partnership has enormous potential as it leverages the combined competencies of two leading companies in their fields,” he added.

Andreas Kreimeyer, member of the board of executive directors and research executive director of BASF, said: “Moving towards a joint venture will strengthen our goal to become the leading supplier in the succinic acid market.”

The demand for succinic acid is anticipated to grow strongly in the next few years, driven by bioplastics, chemical intermediates, solvents, polyurethanes and plasticizers, BASF said.

“Through this bio-based succinic acid collaboration, we aim to add another important new growth-pillar to our bio-based polymers and green-chemical business,” said Fabrizio Rampinelli, managing director of Purac.

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By: Franco Capaldo
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