Green Biologics and Acme Hardesty are extending their distribution relationship in n-butanol and acetone into a joint development agreement for 100% biobased esters.
Under the terms of the agreement, Green Biologics will supply biobased n-butanol and isopropyl alcohol—produced from renewable acetone—from its plant in Little Falls, Minnesota. Acme Hardesty, a leading supplier of biobased chemicals, will source the acids and oils needed to produce the esters, which will include isopropyl myristate, isopropyl palmitate, butyl myristate, butyl palmitate, butyl stearate, butyl oleate, and dibutyl sebacate. Other high-value esters may be added in the future.
The companies intend to initially target the personal care market. Acme Hardesty will be responsible for product marketing, but the companies will also jointly target other industrial sectors, including lubricants, plastics, and specialty solvents.
The two companies first linked up in April, when Green Biologics tapped Acme to distribute renewable n-butanol and acetone produced at Green Biologics’ Little Falls plant. The facility is in the late stages of construction and set to begin shipments in the fourth quarter.