Compliance with stringent REACH regulations positions company to further expand market share internationally
Ashland, Virginia and Abingdon, Oxfordshire U.K. (June 29, 2017) – Green Biologics, Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of Green Biologics Ltd., a U.K. industrial biotechnology and renewable chemicals company, announced today that it has received REACH certification, a regulation of the European Union that promotes protection of human and environmental health from risks posed by chemicals. By registering with REACH, which stands for Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation of Chemicals, Green Biologics is now able to supply Europe with larger bulk quantities of its bio-based n-butanol. The company has also obtained pre-registration for its bio-based acetone and various derivatives, allowing it to ship up to 100 tonnes of these chemicals to Europe through June 1, 2018. This achievement underlines Green Biologics’ commitment to embracing a global view on customers and business. It also enables the company to solidify its long-term position as a supplier to customers and markets in Europe.
“Although Green Biologics’ first manufacturing site is based in North America, as the only producer of bio-based n-butanol and acetone in the world there are a wide range of opportunities for our products to be adopted across Europe as replacements to their traditional petroleum-based counterparts,” said Sean Sutcliffe, Chief Executive at Green Biologics. “Europe will be a key growth market for our company and the REACH registration of our n-butanol will help us navigate the many complex regulatory requirements associated with importing chemicals into the region.”
The result of more than 100 years of research and development, Green Biologics’ fermentation platform utilizes a robust library of Clostridium microbial strains as biocatalysts to produce its 100 percent bio-based n-butanol and acetone. The company has plans to offer a full suite of BioPure™, 100 percent bio-based, high purity, products through its patented Advanced Fermentation Process™ and third-party partnerships. Currently, all Green Biologics chemical products are being produced at the company’s commercial facility, Central Minnesota Renewables, located in Little Falls, MN, which officially began operations in December of last year.
Green Biologics is a member of the American Chemistry Council (ACC) and its commercial facility, Central MN Renewables LLC, has been built to meet Responsible Care® standards. The company’s n-butanol and acetone have received 100 percent bio-based, USDA BioPreferred® certification.
To learn more about Green Biologics, please visit www.greenbiologics.com.