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Reverdia Starts Up Succinic Acid Plant

by Michael McCoy
December 24, 2012 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 90, ISSUE 52

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Reverdia’s new succinic acid plant in Italy.
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Reverdia’s new succinic acid plant in Italy.

Reverdia has opened what it calls the world’s first large-scale facility to produce succinic acid from renewable raw materials. The sugar-based plant, in Cassano Spinola, Italy, has a capacity of about 10,000 metric tons per year. Reverdia, a joint venture between the European firms DSM and Roquette, touts the low-pH yeast technology being deployed in the new facility. Several other companies are pursuing biobased succinic acid, which can be used to produce polyurethanes, coating resins, and plasticizers.

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