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BioAmber and Brenntag sign distributor partnership for the Americas

News International-French

5 Jun 2013

BioAmber has partnered with Brenntag in the Americas for distribution of its BioSATM biobased succinic acid and derivatives, including biobased 1, 4 butanediol (BDO).

Brenntag is the leading distributor in the Americas, servicing the chemicals market with the broadest product portfolio in the industry and covering the full range of markets for BioAmber’s renewable chemicals. Within these markets, Brenntag offers a complete line of industrial and specialty chemicals and a broad array of services. Its local focus and global presence provide BioAmber with access to customers and markets across the Americas, while extending Brenntag’s product offerings to include BioAmber’s portfolio of sustainable, biobased solutions.

BioAmber is a leader in biobased succinic acid and derivatives, including bio 1,4 butanediol, and is currently supplying commercial BioSATM from a European production facility. Given growing market demand for its biobased chemicals, BioAmber is going to expand capacity in 2014 in Sarnia, Canada with a 30,000 MT plant to serve the North American and other markets. Brenntag is an important partner for market access, logistics, technical expertise and application development, which will help accelerate the commercial development of BioAmber products.

Made from renewable feedstock, BioSATM has a more favorable carbon footprint (field to gate) than petroleum succinic acid and is one of the few biobased chemicals currently available at a commercial scale. It can serve as a building block chemical for use in a range of applications including polyurethanes, unsaturated polyesters, coating resins, flavors, lubricants, plasticizers, deicers and solvents.

Michael DelliCompagni, Director of Sales and Sourcing, Brenntag says, “Our partnership with BioAmber, the leader in biosuccinic acid and derivatives including 1,4 butanediol, gives Brenntag the opportunity to better serve our customer base in key markets including food, pharmaceuticals, ACES, personal care and HI&I. Being a platform chemical, BioAmber’s biosuccinic acid offers a wide variety of applications in everyday products. There is also a tremendous amount of work being done around new applications across multiple markets. Many customers are looking for price stability and recognize the value of biobased products. Biosuccinic acid and biobased BDO will help Brenntag to fulfill our customers' needs.

About Brenntag:
Brenntag is the global market leader in full line chemical distribution. Linking chemical manufacturers and chemical users, Brenntag provides business to business distribution solutions for industrial and specialty chemicals globally. With over 10,000 products and a world class supplier base, Brenntag offers one stop shop solutions to more than 170,000 customers. The value added services include just in time delivery, product mixing, formulation, repackaging, inventory management, drum return handling as well as extensive technical support. Headquartered in Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany, the company operates a global network with more than 450 locations in more than 70 countries. In 2012 the company realized global sales of EUR 9.7 billion (USD 12.5 billion) with nearly 13,000 employees.

About BioAmber Inc.:
BioAmber is a renewable chemicals company. Its proprietary technology platform combines industrial biotechnology and chemical catalysis to convert renewable feedstock into chemicals for use in a wide variety of everyday products including plastics, resins, food additives and personal care products.
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