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Biobased production in a large scale

Thursday, 3 January 2013

Biobased polyols are highly requested. Now the first production plant started for sustainable succinic acid with around 10,000 tonnes per year.

The production plant in Spain

Source: Reverdia.com

The production plant in Spain

Source: Reverdia.com

Reverdia, the joint venture between life sciences and materials sciences company DSM and Roquette Frères, a global producer of starch and starch-derivatives, has begun operations in Cassano Spinola, Italy, at a commercial-scale plant producing "Biosuccinium" - sustainable succinic acid.

The plant, which has a capacity of about 10,000 tonnes/yr, is unique in its kind, being the world’s first dedicated large-scale plant for the production of succinic acid from renewable resources. It is also the only commercial facility to benefit from experience gained using low-pH yeast technology on a demonstration plant scale; The company regards this as essential to be able to promise further improvements in product quality.

Key applications for Biosuccinium include polybutylene succinate (PBS), polyester polyols for polyurethanes, coating and composite resins, phthalate-free plasticizers, and 1,4 butanediol. End products include footwear, packaging and paints.

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