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BASF and Mitsubishi pursue succinic acid route

October 08/2009
October, 8 (plasteurope.com) -- BASF Future Business (Ludwigshafen/Germany) is partnering with leading lactic acid and bio-based polyols producer CSM (Diemen/The Netherlands) on the industrial fermentation and downstream processing of bio-based succinic acid. Commercial production is due to start in the second quarter of 2010, with the greenhouse gas CO2 used as a raw material. 

Japans Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation and Thailands PTT Public Company Ltd also have announced plans to conduct a feasibility study on the development of biopolybutylene succinate. MCC currently produces the degradable polymer from petrochemical feedstock.



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BASF. The share in the Russian market in 2008:
 PS - 9.1% (GPPS - 5.9%, ABS - 11.4%, EPS - 10.6%).

 

Annual sales growth in Russia over the 5 years:
 PS - 15%.

 

Imports by polymers processing technologies:
 foaming;
 injection molding.


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