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DSM acquires Biopract to enter biogas market

By Gerald Ondrey |

Royal DSM N.V. (Heerlen, Netherlands; www.dsm.com), has acquired privately held Biopract GmbH (Berlin, Germany). The acquisition will serve as an entry point for DSM into the promising biogas market, which is showing 15–20% growth per year. The acquisition has been finalized. Parties agreed not to disclose financial details of the acquisition. The impact of the acquisition on DSM’s net sales in 2009 and 2010 is not expected to be material.   Founded in 1992, Biopract’s main focus has been on the commercialization and extension of its Methaplus enzyme series for the improvement of agricultural and industrial biogas production. The company has a strong application and technology position in this field. “We are convinced that biotechnology will contribute significantly to the sustainable and efficient use of natural resources today and in the future. We look forward to combining Biopract’s expertise with ours to further increase the efficiency and performance of biogas plants,” says Rob van Leen, chief innovation officer of DSM.   Biogas is produced by anaerobic fermentation of biodegradable materials such as biomass, manure or sewage, green waste and energy crops. It can be used to generate…
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