Reverdia JV commissions new Italian bio-based succinic acid plant


Reverdia, a joint venture (JV) between DSM and Roquette Frères, has commissioned a commercial-scale plant in Cassano Spinola, Italy, to produce Biosuccinium sustainable succinic acid.

"The plant will produce 10,000tpy of succinic acid from renewable resources, using low-pH yeast technology."

The plant will produce 10,000tpy of succinic acid from renewable resources, using low-pH yeast technology.

Reverdia general manager Will van den Tweel said the new phase will enable direct and indirect customers to start production of commercial scale volumes of materials and end products, based on bio-based succinic acid.

"These will be the first Biosuccinium-based products to find operational use in industry and to show up on retail shelves," Tweel added.

Biosuccinium is mainly used in polybutylene succinate, polyester polyols for polyurethanes, coating and composite resins, phthalate-free plasticizers and 1,4 butanediol, while end products include footwear, packaging and paints.

DSM, one of the partners in Reverdia JV, is a life sciences and materials sciences company, while the other partner Roquette Frères is a producer of starch and starch-derivatives.