Reverdia starts its bio-succinic acid plant
17.12.2012 - Reverdia has started industrial production of bio-succinic acid at a new production plant with an annual capacity of 10,000 metric tons.
The joint venture between Dutch DSM NV and French starch producer Roquette Frères has begun operations in Cassano Spinola, Italy, at a commercial-scale plant producing Biosuccinium™ sustainable succinic acid. The company said the plant, which has a capacity of about 10,000 tonnes/yr, was unique in its kind, being the world’s first dedicated large-scale plant for the production of succinic acid from renewable resources. However, according to US-based BioAmber Inc, which fused BioAmber SAS and US company DNP Green Technology in 2010, it has been producing the chemical building block at 4,000 tonnes/yr since 2009.
Both producers rely on genetically engineered E.coli strains for producing the compound, that is being used to make bioplastics, chemical internmediates such as 1,4 butanediol, solvents, coatings, and phthalate-free plasticisers. As the market for bio-based succinic acid is expected to grow rapidly in the next few years, other joint-ventures such as Succinity or US-based Myriant Inc. are building production facilities. Reverdia will market its bio-succinium in collaboration with Helm.