Massachusetts-based renewable chemicals company Myriant (Quincy) has announced the appointment of Azelis Group, a specialty chemicals distribution leader, for its bio-succinic acid in the Nordic countries, Benelux, France, Iberia, Italy, the United Kingdom, and Ireland. The appointment became effective on September 2, 2014, when the two companies signed the distribution agreement to develop sales in these countries, targeting customers in the industrial and base chemicals markets.
"As a global chemical distribution powerhouse, Azelis offers a far-reaching chemical portfolio with extensive distribution networks providing Myriant the necessary support and connections with chemical companies seeking to integrate 'green' chemicals into a wide range of applications," said David LeBlanc, Head of Global Sales and Marketing for Myriant.
Globally, the annual worldwide market for succinic acid is estimated at approximately $7.5 billion in existing and new applications in the fields of polymers, urethanes, plasticizers, and coatings. Myriant's high-purity bio-succinic acid is made from renewable feedstocks and is chemically equivalent to petroleum-based succinic acid while providing a lower environmental footprint. Myriant's bio-succinic acid reduces harmful greenhouse gas emissions by 94% compared to petroleum-derived succinic acid and by 96% compared to petroleum-derived adipic acid, a chemical that succinic acid can replace.