August 1, 2011

BASF, Purac to form bio-succinic JV

German chemical company BASF and Dutch starch derivatives manufacturer Purac (a subsidiary of CSM) finally laid out their business plans for their bio-succinic acid collaboration and announced today that they are aiming to be the first commercial bio-succinic acid producer in the market with a 25,000 tons/year capacity that will be located in Purac's site near Barcelona, Spain.

The companies have been collaborating on bio-based succinic acid since 2009 using the microorganism Basfia succiniciproducens, which they said is a natural producer of succinic acid and can process a wide variety of C3, C5 and C6 renewable feedstocks, including biomass sources.

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