BASF has produced its first commercial volumes of
1,4-butanediol (BDO) from renewable raw material, and is
offering this product to customers for testing and commercial
use, the company announced on Wednesday.
The production process relies on a patented fermentation technology
from Genomatica, based
in California. The fermentation process uses dextrose as a
The quality of BDO based on renewable raw material is
comparable to petrochemical
-based BDO, according
to the company.
BASF plans to expand its portfolio with selected BDO
derivatives based on renewable feedstock
BASF currently produces BDO and BDO equivalents at its sites
in Ludwigshafen, Germany; Geismar, Louisiana; Chiba, Japan;
Kuantan, Malaysia; and Caojing, China.
In July, BASF announced plans to increase its global
capacities for BDO to 650,000 metric tons and for PolyTHF to
350,000 metric tons within the coming two years.