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Jungbunzlauer, Green Biologics partner on biobased plasticizers

By Green Biologics Inc. | February 15, 2017

Green Biologics Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of Green Biologics Ltd., a U.K. industrial biotechnology and renewable chemicals company, announced Feb. 14 an exclusive collaboration with Jungbunzlauer Ladenburg GmbH, the German operating unit of Jungbunzlauer Suisse AG in Basel, Switzerland. In February 2017, Jungbunzlauer received its first shipment of 100 percent renewable BioPure n-butanol from Green Biologics’ production facility in Little Falls, Minnesota. Jungbunzlauer aims to produce biobased Citrofol BI (tributyl citrate) and biobased Citrofol BII (acetyl tributyl citrate) for its customers with commercial shipments beginning next month.

“Jungbunzlauer is an outstanding collaboration partner for Green Biologics,” said Timothy G. Staub, global vice president of business development for Green Biologics. “As the global leader in natural ingredients built off its core strengths in citric, lactic and gluconic acids, and xanthan gums, Jungbunzlauer has been committed to sustainability for 150 years. We are delighted to be working exclusively with Jungbunzlauer on the global introduction of biobased citrate derivatives.”

Green Biologics announced the start-up of its first commercial production facility for renewable n-butanol and acetone in December, with its first bulk export shipment to Jungbunzlauer in mid-January. 

“Our focus is to selectively move our renewable n-butanol and acetone into high-value markets, and Jungbunzlauer is a superb technological and market-facing partner for Green Biologics, particularly in citric-based plasticizers, but in other biobased esters as well,” added Staub.

“Sustainability has been a key principle of Jungbunzlauer since our founding in 1867,” said Hans-Peter Froschauer, product group manager of specialties at Jungbunzlauer Ladenburg GmbH. “With our mission, ‘From nature to ingredients,’ we believe that renewable products are essential for the future success of our customers in many evolving markets, including our Citrofol BI and Citrofol BII customers. The opportunity for biobased plasticizers in personal care, healthcare, biopolymers and many other industrial applications is immense and it is global. We look forward to a long and successful collaboration with Green Biologics.”

Green Biologics is a member of the American Chemistry Council and is building its new green solvents facility to meet Responsible Care standards. The company’s n-butanol and acetone have received 100 percent biobased, USDA BioPreferred status.

Green Biologics’ Clostridium fermentation platform converts a wide range of sustainable feedstocks into high-performance green chemicals such as n-butanol, acetone, and through chemical synthesis, derivatives of butanol and acetone used by a growing global consumer and industrial products customer base. The platform combines advanced high-productivity fermentation with superior-performing proprietary Clostridium microbial biocatalysts and synthetic chemistry to produce a pipeline of high-value green chemicals with optimal performance in downstream formulations.

Jungbunzlauer is one of the world’s leading producers of biodegradable ingredients of natural origin.