Corbion is the global market leader in lactic acid, lactic acid derivatives, and lactides, and a leading company in functional blends containing enzymes, emulsifiers, minerals, and vitamins.
Corbion has an established technology platform based on over 80 years of fermentation experience. We lead the way in lactic acid as well as in cutting-edge emulsification technology and functional blending capability. Drawing on the deep rooted application and market knowledge that has been built up over decades, we work hand in hand with our customers to make our technology work for them.
Corbion’s strategy and every aspect of our operations are built around advancing sustainability and applying high ethical standards, whether this relates to the management of our global supply chain, responsible procurement of our raw materials, or the safety and wellbeing of our people.
In 2015, Corbion generated annual sales of € 918.3 million and had a workforce of 1,673 employees. Corbion is listed on the Euronext Amsterdam.
Two lines of business
At Corbion we distinguish between two lines of business, each with a different set of characteristics: Biobased Ingredients and Biobased Innovations. These business units are supported companywide by globally managed R&D, operations, and business support functions.
The Biobased Ingredients business unit focuses on our core business: ingredients for Food and Biochemicals.
We deliver distinctive emulsification, acidification and fortification functionality, allowing our customers to produce affordable, convenient, safe, and better-for-you food and beverages. Our expertise in preservation allows our customers to keep food safe and fresh, while preventing food waste and extending shelf life. We are also helping our customers to meet consumer demands for foods with simpler ingredients and fewer additives.
In no other industry is the word ”local” more important than in food – where the look, feel, taste, and even smell of a product must be tailored to the demands of a specific demographic group. We also know that no customer and no market are the same. Whether the market is meat, bakery, beverage, confectionery, or dairy our global presence, supply chain, reach, and perspective allow us to think globally but act locally.
Our biobased chemicals offer improved functional performance, production efficiency, and safety. Manufactured from renewable resources, and using the most advanced and resource-efficient fermentation processes, they provide a sustainable alternative to fossil-based chemicals for customers operating across a wide spectrum of industries, including medical biomaterials, plastics, pharma, electronics, home and personal care, agriculture, coatings, adhesives, solvents, and animal health. We are constantly exploring opportunities to bring the benefits of our products and solutions to other industries.
Our Biobased Innovations business unit creates new biotechnology business platforms. By using our own core technology, stand-alone or by combining it with our partners' technologies, we will drive growth via a disciplined stage-gate investment approach.
Our PLA (poly lactic acid) / lactide business is part of this business unit. Our high performance PLA resin can be used to make a degradable bioplastic for a wide range of applications, ranging from food packaging to touchscreen computers and durable automotive components.
Biobased Innovations also comprises the succinicacid joint venture with BASF (Succinity), as well as our longer-term development projects such as FDCA, a potential replacement for purified terephthalic acid (PTA).
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