Bio-succinic invades Asia

Got this news from DNP Green Technology this morning about new activities from their bio-succinic joint venture Bioamber.

Bioamber’s bio-based succinic acid products are already being spread out in Asia with the help of DNP’s acquisition of Sinoven Biopolymers last February. Sinoven will manufacture modified polybutylene succinate (mPBS) in China using Bioamber’s bio-succinic acid.

DNP said they are looking to partner their mPBS technology with a leading producer of PBS in order to build a large scale modification plant in proximity to a PBS plant.

This morning, Bioamber announced that it has chosen Japanese chemical trading firm Mitsui & Co. to further distribute their bio-succinic acid throughout Asia. According to DNP Green president Jean-Francois Huc, the Asian market is a difficult market for Western companies to penetrate but Mitsui will be able to do the job.

DNP Green says (in a brief interview) that they expect Japan and China to be the two largest countries where bio-succinic acid demand will come from.

“We have seen strong interest for our product in these countries through Mitsui and is why we think this announcement is so significant for selling our current production and for a much larger plant from us.” – DNP Green Technology

While Bioamber’s 2,000 ton/year plant in Pomacle, France, just started this year, another two new large-scale bio-succinic acid plants with an initial annual capacity of 25,000 to 30,000 MT each, one in North America and one in Asia, are in the planning stage, according to DNP Green. The near-term objective they said is to sign technology licenses for both plants so that they can be operational in 2012.

These are separate projects from the recently announced bio-succinic acid based deicer plant being constructed in Canada with GreenField Ethanol. The plant is expected to have a capacity of 32m liters/year and to start operations by the 2011/12 winter season.

[Photo of Bioamber's bio-succinic acid plant in France]

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