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BASF and Purac join forces to produce bio-based succinic acid [Registered]

The German chemical compay BASF and Dutch starch derivatives manufacturer Purac (a subsidiary of CSM), announced on 1st August their plans to produce bio-based succinic acid through a joint venture. They are aiming “to be the first commercial producer in the market with a 25,000 tons capacity fermentation production plant at the Purac site near Barcelona, Spain, with the intention to start up by 2013 at the latest,” said Gerard Hoetmer, Chief Executive Officer of CSM. The demand for succinic acid is anticipated to grow strongly in the next years. Main drivers are expected to be bioplastics, chemical intermediates, solvents,…

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