November 8, 2011

BioAmber, Mitsui in succinic, BDO plants

The race for bio-BDO commercialization is on as BioAmber and Mitsui announced their collaboration to build both bio-succinic acid and bio-1,4 butanediol (BDO) plants - one in Sarnia, Canada, and the other in Rayong, Thailand. A third one is being planned either in North America or Brazil (I'm betting on Brazil...).

BioAmber and Mitsui have long been partners as Mitsui currently distributes BioAmber's biosuccinic acid-derived products. The companies expanded their partnership today when Mitsui decided to go all the way in the bio-succinic acid/BDO business by jointly investing with BioAmber in the new manufacturing facilities.

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