Succinity produces first commercial quantities of biobased succinic acid for the global market


Headquarter of Basf in Ludwigshafen
Headquarter of Basf in Ludwigshafen

Succinity GmbH, the joint venture between Corbion Purac, the worldwide market leader in lactic acid, lactic acid derivatives and lactides, and BASF, German chemical giant, for the production and commercialization of biobased succinic acid, has announced the successful start-up of its first commercial production facility.

The plant, located at the Corbion Purac site in Montmeló, Spain, has an annual capacity of 10,000 metric tons and is producing commercial quantities of biobased succinic acid for the global market. In addition to this first facility, Succinity plans a second large-scale facility. The final investment decision for this facility will be made following a successful market introduction.

“The start-up of our first facility for Succinity biobased succinic acid represents a key milestone in our plan to become a major producer of biobased succinic acid in the future,” comments Philipp Walter, Managing Director of Succinity. “The combined experiences of the team in Montmeló and the support from Corbion Purac and BASF have ensured the achievement of this important milestone within schedule. With the facility in Spain we will be able to serve the growing succinic acid market.”

As industry transforms from petro-based to environmentally sustainable materials, succinic acid is emerging as one of the most competitive of the new bio-based chemicals. With chemical functionality that drops into today’s chemical processes, bio-based succinic acid has a range of applications, including as a raw material for polyurethanes, coatings, adhesives, sealants, and personal care ingredients. As an acidulant and preservative made from plant based feedstocks, bio-based succinic acid offers multi-functionality with a unique flavor profile to food and flavor formulations

The Succinity process is based on renewable raw materials and fixes carbon dioxide. The proprietary microorganism Basfia succiniciproducens allows for a flexible usage of different feedstocks. Furthermore, Succinity biobased succinic acid can be produced efficiently without major waste streams thanks to a closed-loop process. An elaborate downstream processing method ensures the production of high quality biobased succinic acid.

Based on technological advances and an increased need for renewable intermediates in different application fields, BASF and Corbion Purac have been working on the development of biobased succinic acid since 2009. Biobased succinic acid features a significantly improved carbon footprint compared to conventional, fossil-based succinic acid or other dicarboxylic acids. Biobased succinic acid is a versatile building block with a significant market potential in the chemical intermediates market. It can be used in a variety of potential applications, such as bio-polymers (e.g. Polybutylene succinate, PBS), polyurethanes, coatings and life science products.

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