Reverdia shows 100% bio-based succinic acid

Reverdia shows 100% bio-based succinic acid
As a first time exhibitor at the American Coatings Show 2014, Reverdia will highlight the benefits of Biosuccinium. This 100% bio-based succinic acid offers a more sustainable alternative to conventional raw materials such as fossil-based succinic acid, adipic acid or terephthalic acid.

Today, succinic acid is not yet a commonly used monomer in the resins and coatings industry. Nevertheless, various studies have already demonstrated the technical feasibility in a multitude of applications, with equal or even improved performance when compared to the typical fossil-based benchmark. Examples include improved hardness and flexibility of powder coatings, shorter drying times in alkyds and better chemical resistance in polyurethanes based systems. An updated "Biosuccinium in Resins and Coatings datasheet", which will be available at the ACS, shows examples of the use of bio-based succinic acid in resins and coatings, to illustrate ideas and highlight potential opportunities.

As the operator of the world's first dedicated large-scale plant for the commercial production of succinic acid from renewable resources, Reverdia offers producers of resins, coatings, adhesive and sealant products an opportunity to reduce environmental impact, become less dependent on fossil resources, and differentiate their product(s) on the basis of an improved sustainability profile.

Biosuccinium is manufactured by means of a novel and proprietary biotechnology process, a yeast based fermentation process that is unique in delivering consistent product quality. It is also environmentally sensitive, uses non-fossil raw materials, sequesters carbon dioxide (CO2), is energy efficient, and does not produce unnecessary by-products.

According to Marcel Lubben, President of Reverdia, the introduction of Biosuccinium meets the need to reduce the environmental impact: "As we move from a fossil-fuel-based economy to a more sustainable bio-based one, manufacturers are looking for alternative solutions. Biosuccinium provides a sustainable alternative to fossil-based raw materials used for resins, coatings, adhesives and sealants."

Lubben adds: "Biosuccinium presents a wide range of new market opportunities. We have successfully identified opportunities for using Biosuccinium as raw material for alkyd, polyester, polyurethane and composite resins. In addition, chemical derivatives of succinic acid, which are in part bio-based, provide alternative sustainable solutions to the chemicals industry. These are in various stages of development and include Dimethyl succinate (DMS), branded Provichem 2511 Eco provided by Proviron, Biosuccinium based polyester polyols, Plasticizers based on Biosuccinium, Quinacridone and DPP pigments."