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DSM Eyes Large-Scale, Bio-Succinic Acid Production

8:14 AM MST | March 9, 2009 | ALEX SCOTT

DSM says it is nearing a decision to produce commercial volumes of a series of chemicals, including succinic acid, derived from bio-based raw materials. The company is joining with food ingredients firm Roquette (Lestrem, France) to build a bio-succinic acid pilot plant at Lestrem to test DSM’s technology. Succinic acid traditionally is made from crude oil and natural gas. Claassen: Bio route can deliver economic and environmental gains. DSM announced in early 2008 that it would work with Roquette on the bio-succinic acid project. “The pilot plant...

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