LONDON (ICIS)--A joint venture to bio-based succinic acid has opened its first commercial-scale plant, partners BASF and Corbion Purac said on Monday.
Based in Montmelo, Spain, the facility has an annual production capacity of 10,000 tonnes/year, and a second large-scale facility is under discussion, the Germany-based chemicals company and the Netherlands-based food ingredients, bio-based chemicals and polymers producer said.
A decision will be taken on the second facility following successful market introduction of commercial-scale quantities of the material. Material from the Montmelo plant will be marketed globally, the companies added.
The proprietary micro-organism used in the plant, basfia succiniciproducens, allows for flexible usage of different feedstocks, the partners added.
BASF and Purac - a subsidiary of Netherlands-based Corbion, formerly known as CSM - have been carrying out research on bio-based succinic acid since 2009, and began talks about a production joint venture in August 2011.
Formation of a 50/50 joint venture for the production and sale of the material was formally announced in October the following year, to be known as Succinity. The Montmelo facility was initially expected to come online in late 2013.