DRT acquires stake in Crown Chemicals source piperonal

DRT acquires stake in Crown Chemicals to source piperonal

5:05 PM, 14th April 2011
DRT acquires stake in Crown Chemicals to source piperonal

 

DAX CEDEX, FRANCE: Dérivés Résiniques & Terpéniques (DRT) has announced the purchase of shares in Crown Chemicals, an Indian company, specialized in manufacture of synthetic piperonal. This investment reaffirms DRT’s position as a major global player in the development of responsible chemistry.

It is estimated that around 5 million trees are cut down each year to meet the worldwide demand for piperonal and the equivalent of one football field of forest area is destroyed to yield 100 kgs of this substance. Soon this resource will be completely wiped out. Natural piperonal is obtained from Sassafras oil which is extracted from the roots of the Sassafras tree, a species of deciduous trees in the family Lauraceae.

These alarming figures drove Crown Chemicals to focus its efforts on developing a synthetic route to manufacture piperonal. Crown Chemicals is a subsidiary of Anthea Aromatics, DRT’s Indian partner, specialized in the production of ingredients for flavourings and fragrances. Through this new investment, DRT re-affirms its commitment to the development of sustainable chemistry solutions for the perfumery industry.

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