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AVA Biochem starts commercial production of renewable 5-HMF

4:10 AM MST | February 3, 2014 | Natasha Alperowicz

AVA Biochem (Muttenz, Switzerland) said today that it has begun commercial-scale production of high-purity renewable 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (5-HMF) at Clariant’s Infrapark at Muttenz. The company, in July 2013, announced the completion of construction of the plant. The product is made from renewable biomass and in the first phase will produce up to 20 m.t./year. AVA Biochem is a subsidiary of AVA-CO2.    5-HMF is used in a wide range of applications and sectors, including plastics, food, and pharmaceuticals. The production process is based...

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