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Lesaffre acquires Butalco

There were several bio-butanol news last month and these were all reported at Tecnon OrbiChem’s Bio-Materials newsletter. In the meantime, here was one from Lesaffre, a France-based manufacturer of yeast and other fermentation products.

The company said it has acquired Butalco, a Swiss start-up bio-butanol technology developer, for an undisclosed amount. Lesaffre has recently established its new business unit called LEAF (Lesaffre Advanced Fermentation Technologies).  The acquisition will be under this business unit.

Butalco was founded in 2007 as spin-off at the Goethe University of Frankfurt.  The company focuses on development of yeast technology and yeast strains for second generation biofuels and bio-based chemicals.  In fact, Butalco sold its xylose isomerase technology to Lesaffre in 2012.  Butalco was developing yeast-based isobutanol as its first product.  Lesaffre said bio-isobutanol will be its first renewable chemical in its bio-based chemicals product portfolio with the acquisition of Butalco.

Butalco’s technology can also enable the construction of yeast strains producing adipic acid or malic acid from sugars.

About Doris de Guzman

Will Green Chemistry save the world or is it hype? Doris de Guzman examines alternative processing, new technology, R&D and other sustainability initiatives aimed at preventing pollution; replacing ingredients; and using renewable feedstocks in Green Chemistry. She has been covering the oleochemicals market for 15 years and spread her beat to inorganics, biofuels and green chemistry.


One Response to “Lesaffre acquires Butalco”

  1. Thank you for your blog, the information is very relevant

    Posted by George Dionne | September 17, 2014, 10:55 am

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