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Ava Biochem starts production at first sustainable 5-HMF plant

11:47 AM MDT | July 3, 2013 | Francinia Protti-Alvarez

Ava Biochem (Muttenz, Switzerland) has begun operation of the first industrial plant for production of sustainable 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (5-HMF), the company announced. The first phase of the Ava Biochem 5-HMF production plant has a capacity to produce 20 m.t./year, with a purity of up to 99.9%. The feedstock is a variety of renewable biomasses, such as wood, which are not in competition with foodstuff production, the company says. The plant is located at Clariant's Infopark in Muttenz. Ava Biochem has applied a modified version of the hydrothermal...

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