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BASF and CSM to develop biobased succinic acid

By Gerald Ondrey |

BASF SE (Ludwigshafen, Germany; www.basf.com) and CSM N.V. (Diemen, the Netherlands; www.csm.nl) today announced the cooperation between their respective subsidiaries BASF Future Business GmbH and Purac for the development of the production of biobased succinic acid. Both partners have been working on the development of the industrial fermentation and down-stream processing of biobased succinic acid and will start production of commercial quality and volumes in the second quarter of 2010. BASF Future Business and Purac form a strong partnership by combining their respective strengths in the technology development and application of biobased succinic acid. BASF is a global leader in intermediates, chemical building blocks and polymers. Purac is the world leading producer of lactic acid and lactides from renewable feedstocks. Using a fully equipped fermentation and down stream purification plant the partners will demonstrate the economical production of succinic acid on industrial scale using a highly innovative route on the basis of renewable substrate. In addition, the greenhouse gas CO2 will be used as a raw material and fixed during the highly efficient fermentation process, contributing further to sustainable development. Biobased…
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