BASF & CSM Collaborate to Produce Bio-based Succinic Acid for Bioplastics

SpecialChem - Aug 2, 2011

BASF SE and Purac, a subsidiary of CSM has announced the start of negotiations to form a joint venture for the production of bio-based succinic acid. The companies have been conducting research under a joint development agreement on bio-based succinic acid since 2009. The complementary strengths in fermentation and downstream processing led to the development of a sustainable and highly efficient manufacturing process based on a proprietary microorganism. The demand for succinic acid is anticipated to grow strongly in the next years. Main drivers are expected to be bioplastics, chemical intermediates, solvents, polyurethanes and plasticizers. "We are happy to bring our partnership with Purac to the next level," said Dr....

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