Provichem® 2511 Eco Di-Methyl-Succinate offers unique

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Proviron and Reverdia collaboration:
Provichem® 2511 Eco Di-Methyl-Succinate offers unique features for more
sustainable applications
A collaboration between Proviron and Reverdia has resulted in the introduction of Provichem ® 2511 Eco, a DiMethyl-Succinate (DMS) that can be used as a solvent and a raw material for fine chemicals such as pigments and
UV stabilizers. Biosuccinium™ is made from renewable resources and has a much better carbon footprint than
several other fossil based chemicals - such as adipic acid or the petrochemical version of succinic acid.
As a result, Provichem® 2511 Eco enables customers to improve the sustainability characteristics of their products.
Biosuccinium™ based DMS, finds use in various applications such as pigments, UV stabilizers, solvents, flavours and
fragrances. The unique features of DMS based pigments make them suitable candidates for usage in a large number
of products such as inks, coatings, plastics, textiles and even in paints. Solvents made with DMS have good paint
removal properties and they offer a potential sustainable alternative to dibasic ester (DBE) solvents or other fossilbased solvents.
Proviron’s Provichem® 2511 Eco will be produced in Belgium and commercial volumes are available now.
Biosuccinium™ will be produced in the world’s first large scale commercial plant for renewable succinic acid, in
Cassano Spinola, Italy. This plant is scheduled to be operational by the end of 2012. Representative samples and
larger volumes are already available.
Wim Michiels, CEO of Proviron, commented: “This agreement is a perfect match with our mission to be a global
supplier of renewable and sustainable solutions for specialty market challenges. Reverdia, having developed a
unique proprietary yeast technology to convert sugars into succinic acid, is the best partner to work with for the
development of derivatives from bio-based succinic acid. We believe this technology is able to provide bio-based
succinic acid with the best-in-class quality, sustainability profile and economics. Various customers have already
approved our Biosuccinium™ based Provichem® 2511 Eco samples, and they are now scaling-up. This is a very good
start for the commercialization of this genuine “green” product and we see many more opportunities in the
pipeline. We are also working on other Biosuccinium ™ based derivatives, fitting well with our area of expertise
and market focus.”
Will van den Tweel, General Manager of Reverdia, commented: “This collaboration is based on great chemistry
between the people of Proviron and Reverdia as well as great chemistry for a more sustainable world. Proviron
supports the growth of Reverdia by developing interesting chemical derivatives of Biosuccinium ™. Proviron has
strong expertise in a wide variety of potential derivatives for Biosuccinium™ and this partnership supports the
market leadership position of Reverdia being a supplier of biobased succininc acid.”
About Proviron
Proviron is a privately owned global company, headquartered in Belgium. The company offers fine chemical
solutions in fields like polymer additives (plasticizers), water based systems (monomers and emulsifiers), feed
additives, functional fluids (such as de-icing chemicals and pharmaceuticals) and bio-energy. Its business units
focus on mega challenges such as sustainability, health and environment. With annual sales over €145 million,
Proviron has 300 employees, supporting 500 customers in 100 countries.
For more information, please visit our web site at
Reverdia – powered by DSM + Roquette
Reverdia is a joint venture between Royal DSM, the global Life Sciences and Materials Sciences company, and
Roquette Frères, the global starch and starch-derivatives company.
Reverdia is dedicated to be the global leader in the market for sustainable succinic acid, focusing on market
development by establishing partnerships with direct and indirect customers, building on customer needs and
Reverdia strengths.
Combining the knowledge and experience of DSM and Roquette, Reverdia produces and sells Biosuccinium ™, the
Company’s registered brand of bio-based succinic acid. Biosuccinium™, which is produced using a unique and
proprietary low pH yeast technology, enables customers to produce bio-based, high-quality performance materials
while at the same time substantially improving their environmental footprint.
More information can be found at
Forward-looking statements
This press release may contain forward-looking statements with respect to Reverdia’s future (financial) performance and position. Such
statements are based on current expectations, estimates and projections of Reverdia and information currently available to the company.
Reverdia cautions readers that such statements involve certain risks and uncertainties that are difficult to predict and therefore it should be
understood that many factors can cause actual performance and position to differ materially from these statements. Reverdia has no obligation
to update the statements contained in this press release, unless required by law. The English language version of the press release is leading.
For more information:
Marieke Smidt
Marketing Manager
tel.: +31 (0) 6 5318 5264
Anouk Luykx
tel.: +31 (0) 164 317 017
Stefaan Depecker
Commercial Director
tel.: +32 479 298 480
Proviron Reverdia signing ceremony, Wim Michiels on the left and Will van den Tweel on the right.
(Photo: Reverdia: REVPR003)
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