Roquette to Take Control of Reverdia JV

28th February 2019

DSM and partner Roquette have decided to dissolve their biosuccinic acid joint venture Reverdia.

Effective Apr. 1, 2019, the partners will transfer all rights and obligations related to Reverdia’s Biosuccinium plant in Cassano, Italy, to Roquette, which will operate the plant and continue supplying customers under a non-exclusive license from DSM. Customer service, order processing, and marketing and sales will be integrated into Roquette’s existing business.

DSM, which originally developed the Biosuccinium technology, said the process has matured to a point where the roll-out potential is significant enough to warrant a focused effort on licensing. The Dutch group will now offer exclusive licenses to strategic customers and other third parties interested in integrating the Biosuccinium process into their value chains.

“The Reverdia joint venture has proven Biosuccinium technology to be the most sustainable and competitive bio-succinic acid on the market today,” said Atul Thakrar, president of bio-based products and services at DSM. “We have gone well beyond the start-up phase and the Biosuccinium brand will continue to grow under the leadership of our partner Roquette. This is an example of DSM doing what it does best – establishing market-leading technologies and commercializing them.”

Reverdia was established in Mar. 2012, and the Cassano plant started operating in December that year with a capacity of about 10,000 t/y.
Bio-succinic acid is a platform molecule with applications in a range of large-volume markets. Key applications include footwear, packaging and paints.

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