Sustainable Solutions Sasol Chemicals Partners with Holiferm to Create New Biosurfactants

Source: Press release

Holiferm has secured funding from Sasol Chemicals to carry out R&D for sustainable solutions in primary surfactants. Under the terms of the agreement, Sasol Chemicals will also buy majority of the sophorolipids produced at Holiferm’s new manufacturing plant in the UK with an aim to assist in the commercialization of sophorolipids.

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Financial terms of the agreements between Sasol Chemicals and Holiferm were not disclosed.
Financial terms of the agreements between Sasol Chemicals and Holiferm were not disclosed.
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Hamburg/Germany – Sasol Chemicals and Holiferm have recently announced a partnership to jointly develop new biosurfactants and enable the broad commercialization of sophorolipids.

Sasol Chemicals has agreed to purchase the majority of sophorolipids produced at a new Holiferm manufacturing facility in the United Kingdom, which is under construction and scheduled to begin operations in early 2023. Sasol Chemicals will also fund Holiferm research and development to accelerate innovation initiatives to help meet growing demand for sustainable solutions in primary surfactants.

Biosurfactants, which are produced using natural materials, are key ingredients in detergents, cleaning products and personal care products. Sophorolipids are biosurfactants made through fermentation, using yeast to convert vegetable oils and glucose into themi final product. The Holiferm process offers an extensive reduction in carbon footprint comparative to conventional surfactants.

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“We are increasingly using bio-based raw materials to make our products, as we work with our customers to develop solutions that in turn make their products more sustainable,” said Silke Hoppe, Vice President of Essential Care Chemicals for Sasol Chemicals.

“We at Holiferm truly believe in the future of biosurfactants and fermentation technologies to reduce the dependence on fossil-based chemicals,” said Richard Lock Managing Director of Holiferm.

Financial terms of the agreements between Sasol Chemicals and Holiferm were not disclosed.

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