Montmelo, Spain BASF and Corbion Purac have commissioned a 10kT/year bio-succinic acid production plant and announced plans to follow with another.
The partnership will trade under the name Succinity GmbH. CEO Philipp Walter described the partnership’s first plant as a “milestone.” The method utilises renewable raw materials which bind carbon dioxide.
According to the partnership, it is BASF's own micro-organism - Basfia succiniciproducens — which enables the flexible use of different feedstock for the production of succinic acid.
Produced in closed cycle production without major waste streams, the companies claim that it is their “complex downstream processing method” which ensures the chemical’s high quality.
BASF and Purac Corbion have been working together to develop intermediates from renewable raw materials for various applications since 2009.
The company’s claim that bio-based succinic acid yields a significantly better CO2 balance, which is a versatile block with significant potential for the polyurethane and coatings markets.