Succinic acid from renewable raw materials

A key component in the chemical tool kit

Succinic acid is a key biochemical molecule. Nature employs it for energy metabolism in plants, human and animal tissue. In the chemical industry it also plays an important role, being a key intermediate component for various products and processes, the sort of multi-purpose compound that chemists refer to as a platform chemical. But with the revolutionary change, it is available manufactured from renewable raw materials. So industry will no longer need petroleum or natural gas for this "all-rounder" among chemicals. Back in 2004, the U.S. Department of Energy established that "succinic acid is one of the top 12 building block chemicals that can be produced from renewable resources."

Today in 2016, Succinity approves the prediction through its unique proprietary production process.
The tools used for this route of manufacturing succinic acid are bacteria or yeasts in a bio-reactor known as a fermenter. Billions of these little helpers transform biomass, starch or sugar into the desired acid. Viewed chemically, the biobased compound is absolutely identical with the product manufactured conventionally, so it has the same properties and applications. And its natural raw material basis is highly flexible.

Biobased succinic acid offers a multitude of potential applications. A major field is its use in biodegradable plastic, which are suitable for making carrier bags and garbage bags, single-use dishes, packaging film or bottles. Even beyond these disposable items, however, there are attractive options in automotive engineering, nonwovens and fibers, as well as sportswear, furniture and even the construction industry.

For further information about the field of applications for BBSA, please visit our tab Polybutylene Succinate.

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