Geleen, the Netherlands -- Reverdia, a joint venture between DSM and Roquette, and Helm have signed an agreement for the European distribution and joint market development of Reverdia's Biosuccinium sustainable succinic acid.
The partnership will build on Hamburg, Germany-based Helm's strong position in Europe as a marketing enterprise and distributor for a wide portfolio of chemical products, and Reverdia's emerging leadership position for the commercialisation of renewable succinic acid, the companies said in a joint statement.
Biosuccinium is a renewable raw material, derived from non-fossil feedstock and produced with yeast-based fermentation technology resulting in the production of bio-based succinic acid.
Reverdia said it has has proven the technology with a 300 tonnes demo plant in Lestrem, France, that has been operational since early 2010. It is currently building a large-scale facility for commercial production in Cassano Spinola, Italy, which is scheduled to be operational by the end of 2012.
"Our partnership with Helm will deliver expanded market development capacity for Reverdia in Europe. We are pleased with Helm's active support to bring Biosuccinium to many more interested direct and indirect customers," commented Jo Kockelkoren, Commercial Director of Reverdia.
"Biosuccinium is a great new addition to our portfolio of renewable chemicals and our di-acids such as sebacic, azelaic and adipic acid. We see a growing market need for bio-based chemicals with an improved environmental footprint," added Christina Wienholz, senior executive manager of Helm.
PIC: Biosuccinium offers benefits for a broad range of markets and applications, such as lubricants, Reverdia says.