DTL commercially produces Susterra® in Loudon, Tenn., with a capacity of 140 million lbs. per year. The plant has been operational since November 2006. Myriant will begin commercial production of Bio-Succinic Acid in first quarter 2013 in Lake Providence, La., with a capacity of 30 million lbs. per year.
Under a strategic collaboration between Piedmont, DTL and Myriant, the three companies have agreed to an “open innovation” concept by which the polyol formulations will be made available to polyol producers and the urethane industry at large. This means that polyol customers will be able to purchase polyols produced from DTL’s Susterra® propanediol and Myriant’s Bio-Succinic Acid from Piedmont as well as from other polyol producers. Piedmont will manufacture the initial polyol product samples and will offer commercial supply of the polyol products to the market.
“We have worked with Myriant’s and DTL’s products for some time now. In deciding on suppliers and collaboration partners it was critical for us to be certain that these renewable chemical building blocks would be available at commercial quantities with the right specification. In the last year, we have become confident that both Myriant and DTL meet these requirements,” said Emil Delgado, chief operating officer for Piedmont.
“DTL and Myriant enjoy shared objectives of bringing renewable chemicals to market that offer high performance and cost competitiveness compared to their petroleum-based chemical counterparts,” said Steve Hurff, vice president of Marketing and Sales from DTL. “We’re looking forward to Piedmont’s success in meeting the needs of urethanes producers who are seeking renewable chemical building blocks.”
“This is Myriant’s second collaboration with DTL and we’re proud to team with them again on this opportunity to expand the tool box of renewable building blocks available to polyol producers,” said Alif Saleh,
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