Issue 11/2012

  • Chemical giants inch into post-petrol era

    In this issue:


    Replacing petrochemicals with biobased alternatives

    Spurred by opportunities in the booming market for sustainable chemicals, major industry players are closing deal after deal to build new production facilities across the globe. After years of planning and testing, bio-fermenters able to produce thousands of tonnes of key chemical building blocks annually are gearing up to go online. A first biobased key substance to be produced en masse is succinic acid, a precursor compound that can be used to make a wide range of other materials. 

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