From European Plastics News
Minneapolis, Minnesota -- Renewable chemicals company BioAmber Inc. is building a new bio-based succinic acid plant in Sarnia, Ontario.
Succinic acid can be used to make products including automotive parts, biodegradable coffee cup lids and disposable cutlery. The $80 million plant will be commissioned in 2013 and will have an initial capacity of 17 kilotonnes per year.
Minneapolis-based BioAmber also plans to produce 1,4-butanediol (BDO) on the site, using technology licensed from DuPont Co. that coverts succinic acid to BDO. BDO is a building block used in many polyurethane formulations.
The goal is for the Sarnia plant to produce up to 35 kilotonnes of bio-based succinic acid and 23 kilotonnes of bio-based BDO.
BioAmber currently produces bio-based succinic acid at a 3 kilotonnes capacity plant at Pomacle in France.