Corrected: Germany's Evonik, US' BioAmber to develop catalysts

24 July 2012 10:24  [Source: ICIS news]

Correction: In the ICIS story headlined “Germany's Evonik partners US BioAmber to develop, produce catalysts” dated 24 July 2011, please read in the first paragraph…catalysts that will be used to convert bio-based succinic acid to 1,4-butanediol (BDO), tetrahydrofuran (THF) and gamma-butyrolactone (GBL)…instead of … catalysts from bio-based succinic acid…A corrected story, with a recast second paragraph, follows.

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Evonik has signed a deal with US-based BioAmber for the development and production of catalysts that will be used to convert bio-based succinic acid to 1,4-butanediol (BDO), tetrahydrofuran (THF) and gamma-butyrolactone (GBL), the German specialty chemicals manufacturer said on Tuesday.

BDO, THF and GBL are industrial chemicals used in applications including polymers, paints, adhesives and solvents, Evonik said a statement.

BioAmber runs a biosuccinic acid plant in Pomacle, France, with a 350,000 litre commercial scale fermenter, according to Evonik.

The company is also planning to build additional succinic acid and BDO plants with Japanese chemical firm Mitsui & Co.

Financial details of the partnership were not disclosed.


By: Nurluqman Suratman



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