Myriant, Uhde start bio-succinic acid production at Leuna, Germany

Myriant, Uhde start bio-succinic acid production at Leuna, Germany

10:46 AM, 31st May 2013
Myriant, Uhde start bio-succinic acid production at Leuna, Germany

QUINCY, US: Myriant Corporation, a global renewable chemicals company, announced the successful scaling and commercial production of bio-succinic acid at ThyssenKrupp Uhde’s biotech commercial validation facility in Leuna, Germany. The production process meets targets for commercial yield and product quality.

Myriant and ThyssenKrupp Uhde signed an exclusive alliance agreement in 2009 to commercialize bio-succinic acid. The two companies have worked together since then to achieve two main objectives of the agreement. First, to ensure that the bio-succinic acid process is cost competitive and that it produces the highest purity product at commercial scale. Second, to enable ThyssenKrupp Uhde to provide important process and performance guarantees for the bio-succinic acid process at future Myriant plants built by Uhde.

“Myriant has established a track record for executing against our stated milestones and also for achieving significant industry-firsts. We believe obtaining a process guarantee from ThyssenKrupp Uhde will be an important strategic differentiator for Myriant in the bio-based chemicals industry and that, when coupled with a proven, scalable process, will enable us to access lower-cost capital to fund our plant build-out programme in the United States and abroad,” said Stephen J Gatto, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Myriant.

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