A renewable chemistry company, BioAmber Inc. uses agricultural crops and transforms them into green chemicals that directly substitute for chemicals derived from fossil fuels.
BioAmber Inc. focuses on the development and commercialization of bio-based succinic acid and derivatives. Succinic acid is a chemical building block that can be used to produce a wide range of products, from PBS (polybutylene succinate), an innovative biodegradable plastic, to more traditional polymers such as polyesters, polyurethanes and nylons that are used to make textiles, automotive parts and electronics, among others.
Succinic acid is used as a flavoring agent for food and beverages, as an intermediate for various industrial chemicals such as dyes, perfumes, lacquers, photographic chemicals and alkyd resins, and as plasticizers. It is also used in metal treatment chemicals, vehicle water cooling systems and coatings.
BioAmber operates the world’s largest succinic acid plant in Sarnia, Canada. The facility has a nameplate capacity of 30,000 tons per year and was built at a cost of $141 million. Construction was completed in 2015. BioAmber owns the plant with Mitsui & Co, a 30% owner of the joint venture that operates the Sarnia plant.
Beyond Sarnia, BioAmber is planning to build a second world-scale plant in North America that will produce 1,4-butanediol (BDO), tetrahydrofuran (THF) and succinic acid. The nameplate capacity is expected to be 100,000 tons of BDO/THF and 70,000 tons of succinic acid per year. BioAmber has signed take-or pay contracts for approximately 80% of the nameplate capacity of this second plant, which is expected to complete construction in late 2018.
BioAmber is proud that its Integrated Management Systems in Sarnia were ISO 9001:2008 registered, ISO 14001:2004 registered, BS OHSAS 18001:2007 registered, and FSSC 22000 registered within four months of operational start-up.