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Participation in Bio-chemicals Business with Canadian Company BioAmber, Inc.

Nov. 8, 2011


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Mitsui & Co., Ltd. ("Mitsui", head office: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, President and CEO: Masami Iijima) and Canadian biochemical venture business BioAmber, Inc. ("BioAmber") have agreed to carry out the world's first biosuccinic acid production business and concluded a joint venture contract for the establishment of a new company.

Since BioAmber's establishment in 2009, Mitsui has invested in the company and has continued to support its growth through capital increases. Mitsui has posted directors to participate in BioAmber management, in addition to carrying out exclusive pre-marketing activities for biosuccinic acid in Asia. Recently, the decision was made to invest in commercial plants after deciding that future growth can be expected in biosuccinic acid business.

The project aims to produce cost-competitive biosuccinic acid from sustainable biomass resources and to promote the spread of biomass-derived chemicals ("green chemicals") with a variety of applications, including in the fields of biodegradable resins and polyurethanes. The aim is to produce derivative products that use biosuccinic as a raw material, such as 1,4 butanediol (BDO) and tetrahydrofuran (THF), which are expected to see increasing growth in the future.

Mitsui and BioAmber plan for the first plant to go into operation in Canada in early 2013, with a view to construction of a second plant in Thailand and a third plant in Brazil or North America (with total production across the three plants of 164,000 tons). For the second plant, a partnership with Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation and PTT Public Company Limited's (Thailand) joint venture company PTT MCC Biochem is being examined.

As part of the efforts to diversify fossil fuel resources such as crude oil and gas, as well as chemical raw materials, Mitsui aims to promote the use of chemicals with a lighter environmental impact as it seeks to support the creation of a sustainable future in consideration of the global environment. Mitsui will work hard to build value chains through integrated production of chemicals made from biomass resources, such as sugar and oils ("green chemicals").

Outline of New Company

Name Undecided
Location Sarnia, Ontario, Canada
Business content Production of bio-succinic acid, BDO and THF
Investment ratio (post-investment) BioAmber: 70%
Mitsui: 30%
Mitsui investment Approx. CAD 15 million

We believe that the financial impact of the project on the company's performance in the fiscal year ending March 2012 should be limited.

Outline of BioAmber

Name BioAmber, Inc.
Location Montreal, Quebec, Canada
President Jean Francois Huc
Main business Production and development of bio-succinic acid, and development of BDO and THF
Capital Undisclosed

Outline of Project

Outline of Project

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Mitsui & Co., Ltd.
Corporate Communications Division
Yuichiro Sera
Telephone: +81-3-3285-7562
Facsimile: +81-3-3285-9819