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DSM Adds Adipic Acid to Biobased Chemical Efforts

2:31 PM MDT | October 17, 2011 | —REBECCA COONS

DSM says it is adding adipic acid, a precursor to nylon, urethanes and plasticizers, to its growing stable of biobased chemicals and materials. Adipic acid is an attractive target because it is a “drop-in” chemical with a market valued at $5 billiona and growing 3%/year or more, James Iademarco, DSM’s v.p,/biobased chemicals, tells CW. Adipic acid is a strategic molecule within DSM’s portfolio. “[DSM is a] fairly large captive user of adipic acid in engineering plastics and resins” and is a leading nylon-6 producer, Iademarco...

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