July 15, 2013

ThyssenKrupp invests in biobased chem plant

European engineering firm ThyssenKrupp has been pretty active in the biobased chemicals industry with its partnership with Myriant on production of bio-succinic acid as well as its bio-based polybutylene succinate (PBS) business. The company has also partnered with BASF on looking to produce syngas using waste CO2 from industrial processes.

Last week, ThyssenKrupp announced that it has inaugurated Europe's first multi-purpose fermentation plant in Leuna, Germany, which will have a capacity of more than 1,000 tons/year to continuously produce biobased chemical intermediates such as lactic acid and succinic acid for use as starting materials for biodegradable plastics such as polylactic acid (PLA) and PBS.

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