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Lanxess and BioAmber partner to produce renewable, phthalate-free plasticizers

By Dorothy Lozowski |

Lanxess AG (Leverkusen, Germany; www.lanxess.com) plans to produce phthalate-free plasticizers from bio-based succinic acid from 2012 onward. Its strategic partner, BioAmber, Inc. (Minneapolis, Minn., www.bio-amber.com), is a global leader in succinic acid generated on the basis of renewable resources. Under the terms of their joint-development agreement, Lanxess and BioAmber are developing a portfolio of renewable succinic-based plasticizers that can exceed the performance of phthalates at competitive prices. BioAmber produces bio-based succinic acid in a 3,000-metric ton per year (m.t./yr) capacity plant in France, and expects to add an additional 17,000 m.t. of succinic acid capacity in 2013 at a new facility in Sarnia, Canada — located on a site within Lanxess’ Bio-industrial Park. As a market leader in the field of phthalate-free plasticizers, Lanxess has large capacities, expertise in production and a global distribution network. Through the acquisition of the Unitex Chemical Corp. based in Greensboro, N.C., Lanxess now has access to an additional capacity of 50,000 m.t./yr, plus an extensive portfolio of phthalate-free plasticizers, such as benzoates, citrates and trimellitates.   The global market for phthalate-free…
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