The greentech company specializing in the production of bio-based, low-carbon ingredients using a unique fermentation technology based on a fully circular model has delivered the first batches from its Afyren Neoxy plant, located in Carling-Saint Avold, East of France.

Inaugurated at the end of 2022, Afyren Neoxy – the world’s first plant for the industrial-scale production of bio-based carboxylic acids from sugar beet by-products – has already manufactured several metric tons of acids and delivered the first batches.

Production scale-up

The production and delivery of the first lots of biobased organic acids from the Afyren Neoxy plant marks an important stage in the industrial start-up of this first-of-its-kind plant. These significant achievements are the fruit of the highly motivated Afyren and Afyren Neoxy teams, whose commitment I salute. I would also like to thank our customers for their unfailing support for our innovative project. We will now continue to ramp up our production to meet the expectations of our customers. Faced with growing demand from manufacturers for rapidly available biobased alternatives, we are working in parallel to increase our production capacity, particularly internationally. More than ever, we are motivated to make a low-carbon and circular industry possible by providing biobased solutions built with our partners to benefit the environment,” said Nicolas Sordet, CEO of Afyren.

Afyren has previously announced commercial commitments for 75% [1] of Afyren Neoxy’s annual production of acids and 100% of the fertilizer, representing total cumulative sales of more than EUR 165 [2] million, to be realized over the coming financial years.

Afyren’s teams are constantly working to make operations more reliable, with a view to starting continuous production in the autumn of 2023. Afyren then plans to gradually ramp up volumes to produce 16,000 tons of carboxylic acids per year at full capacity, for total annual sales (including fertilizer sales) of around EUR 35 million [3].