October 6, 2011

Myriant develops cellulosic succinic, lactic

Yesterday, US bio-succinic acid producer Myriant announced that it was able to develop a proprietary process for producing succinic acid, L(+) and D(-) lactic acid from cellulosic feedstocks.

Myriant said this will enable them to produce low-cost price-stabled cellulosic-based chemicals around the world without being restricted to scarce availability and expensive food-based feedstocks. The company is currently building a 30m lb/year bio-succinic acid facility in Louisiana partially funded by the US Department of Energy. The plant is expected to start in the first quarter of 2013. Myriant said it plans to expand the facility to 170m lbs/year by the end of first quarter of2014.

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