Biopolymers: BASF and Mitsubishi Pursue Succinic Acid Route08 Oct 2010 • by Natalie Aster
BASF Future Business (BFB, Ludwigshafen / Germany; www.basf.com) is partnering with leading lactic acid and bio-based polyols producer CSM (Diemen / The Netherlands; www.csm.nl) on the industrial fermentation and downstream processing of bio-based succinic acid. Commercial production is due to start in the second quarter of 2010, with the greenhouse gas CO2 used as a raw material.
Japan’s Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation (MCC, Tokyo; www.m-kagaku.co.jp) and Thailand’s PTT Public Company Ltd also have announced plans to conduct a feasibility study on the development of biopolybutylene succinate.MCC currently produces the degradable polymer from petrochemical feedstock.
Source: Plastics Information Europe
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