Processing Magazine

BioAmber, Mitsui partner to build chemical plant in Ontario

November 8, 2011

MINNEAPOLIS — Chemical company BioAmber and Mitsui & Co., a global trading company, have partnered to build and operate a chemical manufacturing facility in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada, according to a press release.

The initial phase of the facility is expected to have production capacity of 17,000 metric tons of biosuccinic acid and commence commercial production in 2013.

The partners intend to subsequently expand capacity and produce 35,000 metric tons of succinic acid and 23,000 metric tons of 1,4 butanediol (BDO) on the site.

“Our goal is to play a leading role in the growth of renewable chemicals, as evidenced by our recent joint ventures with BioAmber in North America for biosuccinic acid and The Dow Chemical Company in Brazil for biochemicals,” said Masanori Ikebe, general manager of Mitsui''s Specialty Chemicals Division. “We believe that biosuccinic acid and bio-BDO will experience rapid growth over the next decade, and BioAmber''s technology leadership is an excellent fit with Mitsui''s strength across the supply chain.”