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Cellulac to produce up to 100,000 tonnes of lactic acid per year

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Cellulac intends  to produce Lactic Acid and Polylactic Acid for biodegradable plastics, Ethyl Lactate, a green solvent, and Sodium Lactate. The Company has produced lactic acid at a pilot plant in Potsdam, Germany. It expects to ramp up production at the facility initially to 20,000 tonnes per annum, which will have a revenue value in excess of €40 million, for export by the end of 2015. Operations are expected to commence by June 2014.

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Project Highlights:

Production of lactic acid at 40% below current producers costs
Flexibility to use agricultural and brewery waste as well as dairy by-products
Phase 1 (20,000 tonnes) to provide 30 full time jobs
Phase 2 (100,000 tonnes) to increase to 60 full time jobs
$1.6 billion market for lactic acid based biochemicals
Market growth forecast at 20% per annum until 2025

The proprietary end-to-end platform involves the integration of a number of complementary technologies that cellulac has acquired or developed. These include enzyme cocktails, fermentation protocols, non-genetically modified bacteria (non-GMO) and SoniqueFloTM, all of which are protected by an extensive portfolio of 136 patents (granted and pending).

Gerard Brandon Chief Executive Officer of cellulac said: “Ireland has a world-wide reputation for quality food ingredients derived from the agricultural sector. It is fitting, therefore, that we are at the forefront of the new bio-economy sector. With the support of the European Union we will convert, part of what was until recently, the 2nd largest brewery in Ireland into what will be the largest producer of lactic acid from agricultural waste and dairy by-products. This will not only directly breath new opportunity into Dundalk by creating 30 jobs, but it will also indirectly support agricultural jobs in the rural community and generate local taxes that will benefit the area.”

“Today’s agreement is an important step in accelerating our plans for commercial production. We look forward to commissioning the retrofitted and repurposed facility by mid-2014.”

Sean Sherlock T.D. Minister for Science & Innovation commented: “I am delighted at this announcement by the company of its plans to create 30 new jobs for Dundalk.This is a shining example of EU and Government supporting science and innovation to cross-over to industry. We are delighted to be involved in this environmentally friendly project that not only creates new jobs, increases GDP and exports but contributes to the reduction of our Country’s lower carbon emission targets to benefit the community as a whole.”

Source:  Cellulac

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