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BioAmber opens world’s largest succinic acid plant in Sarnia, Ont.

August 6, 2015
By Andrew Snook

August 6, 2015 - BioAmber Inc. announced the opening of its BioAmber Sarnia plant that was jointly built with Mitsui & Co., Ltd. at a construction cost of approximately US $141.5 million. The facility has the capacity to produce 30,000 tons of succinic acid annually.

BioAmber Sarnia makes renewable chemicals from sugar instead of petroleum. The new plant uses innovative biotechnology and will produce biobased succinic acid from glucose sourced from southern Ontario agricultural suppliers. The BioAmber Sarnia plant is the world’s largest succinic acid production facility and will be globally competitive while making chemicals more sustainably. 

“We’re excited that our renewable chemicals made from sugars are making everyday applications around the world more sustainable,” said Jean-François Huc, CEO of BioAmber. “We believe our disruptive biotechnology is going to profitably deliver benefits for the environment, our customers, our shareholders and the Sarnia Lambton community.”

BioAmber Sarnia is part of the growing bio-industrial cluster in Sarnia-Lambton and has received support from the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario through the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure’s Strategic Jobs and Investment Fund. BioAmber is also grateful for the support of Bioindustrial Innovation Canada and the Sarnia-Lambton community.

“The opening of the BioAmber Sarnia facility is key to the development of Sarnia’s very unique bio-industrial complex, delivering good jobs, significant exports, and diverse markets for Ontario farmers with the full support of the Government of Ontario,” said Brad Duguid, MPP for Scarborough-Centre and Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure. “The production and development of sustainable chemicals by BioAmber, working from within the existing chemistry cluster in Sarnia, is an economic and environmental win for the community and the province.”


BioAmber Sarnia’s financial partners include Export Development Canada, the Farm Credit Corporation and Comerica Bank.

Source: BioAmber Inc.

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