One step closer to bio-based acrylic acid: Cargill to scale P&G's technology with IFPEN and Axens

December 09, 2020
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This is not Cargill's first foray into acrylic acid, but there are some key differences that better position the company this time around. For one, Cargill's previous partnership with Novozymes and BASF targeted acrylic acid from 3-hydroxypropionic acid (3-HP), not lactic acid, because of its relative ease to dehydrate. However, due to poor economics, the approach from 3-HP and Cargill's efforts surrounding acrylic acid hit a dead end. Enter P&G's breakthrough innovation to more effectively convert lactic acid to acrylic acid. This a perfect opportunity for Cargill, which is already a large producer of lactic acid. This announcement also shows how brands like P&G can take a more active role in achieving their sustainability goals.

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