China maleic anhydride manufacturers

The markets and applications for Biological Succinic Acid

What Is Succinic Acid?

Succinic acid anhydride is a naturally-occurring dicarboxylic acid composed of four carbon atoms. Succinic acid can be found in plant and animal tissues. The name derives from Latin succinum, meaning amber, from which the acid was traditionally obtained. Succinic acid anhydride 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 in pharmaceuticals. Up until the early 1900’s, succinic acid was used in Europe as a natural antibiotic and general curative.

Our Bio-Succinic Acid Has Earned the USDA BioPreferred Designation

Biobased products are commercial or industrial products (other than food or feed) composed wholly or in significant part of biological products including renewable agricultural materials (plant, animal, and marine materials) or forestry materials.

Forget Foreign Oil. We Grow Our Feedstocks.

It has been demonstrated that succinic acid can be used as a substitute to maleic acid or maleic anhydride as a feedstock for the production of several large volume chemicals such as 1,4 butanediol (BDO). Until recently, the common method of producing succinic acid was the catalytic hydrogenation of maleic acid or maleic anhydride, both of which are derived from benzene or butane in an oxidation process. Consequently, succinic acid cost has been relatively high and linked to the cost of petroleum.

Lower Cost. Higher Purity. Greater Impact.

Chian succinic acid industry has developed a proprietary fermentation and downstream process to produce bio-succinic acid using raw materials from agriculture or forestry, as an alternative to petroleum (oil and gas) feedstocks. The cost of its bio-succinic acid is lower than petro-derived succinic acid, with a higher purity profile. Biological succinic acid’s renewable process also consumes significant quantities of CO₂ and can therefore be an important contributor in the global effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.