The benefits of close co-operation are there for all to see worldwide. For example, BASF, Cargill and Novozymes have been jointly developing technologies to produce acrylic acid from renewable raw materials.

The team has demonstrated the successful conversion of 3-hydroxypropionic acid (3-HP), to glacial acrylic acid and superabsorbent polymers.

They announced the start of the programme in August 2012 to develop a process for the conversion of renewable raw materials into bio-based acrylic acid.

In July 2013, the partners successfully demonstrated the production of 3-hydroxypropionic acid (3-HP), one possible precursor to acrylic acid, at pilot scale.

BASF initially plans to use the bio-based acrylic acid to manufacture superabsorbent polymers.

Novozymes also recently announced a collaboration with Adisseo to develop and market a probiotic for poultry.

Novozymes will be responsible for in-vitro screening, development and production, while Adisseo will manage in-vivo testing, marketing and sales. The partners expect to launch the product within the next 12 months.

Helle Warrer Poulsen, Vice President of Animal Health & Nutrition at Novozymes, said:. ”We are excited to partner with Adisseo, who shares our vision of bringing innovation and science to the field of probiotics and offers great expertise and capabilities in feed additives. It is a promising new area for Novozymes where we can leverage our know-how in microbiology, fermentation and animal feed.”

Jean-Marc Dublanc, CEO of Adisseo, said: “Innovation is part of Adisseo’s DNA and we are constantly investing, either organically or through strategic partnerships, in new solutions to help our customers optimize livestock performance while reducing environmental impact. The decision to enlarge our specialty portfolio with probiotics was therefore a natural one, as was the choice of Novozymes as our partner.”