People with a vision forgreener chemistry, striving to make a difference.

Vision & Mission


Our Mission is to be a fast growing producer of chemical intermediates that uses sugars instead of fossil fuels and sells competitively priced, sustainable chemicals with strong profit margins and the cleanest environmental footprint in the industry.

The chemical industry is on the cusp of transformation: petroleum derived chemicals will be increasingly substituted by more sustainable chemicals. Leading this trend is succinic acid, a chemical intermediate that is emerging as one of the most competitive of a new generation of bio-based building blocks. Succinic acid is the core chemical produced by BioAmber. Succinic acid can be used to make a broad range of products found in everyday life, including polyurethanes, paints and coatings, adhesives, sealants, artificial leathers, food and flavor additives, cosmetics and personal care products, biodegradable plastics, nylons, industrial lubricants, phthalate-free plasticizers, dyes and pigments and pharmaceuticals. Succinic acid can also be transformed into 1,4-Butanediol (BDO) and Tetrahydrofuran (THF), which are used to make engineering plastics, polyurethanes, polyesters, spandex and other specialty chemicals. We estimate the total addressable market for these various uses of succinic acid to exceed $10 billion per year. We produce bio-based succinic acid economically and offer a significantly better carbon footprint than the petrochemicals we substitute. This allows our customers, the producers of these everyday products, to economically source renewable build blocks that improve the environmental footprint and sustainability profile of their own products.
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Health, Safety & Environment (HSE) Excellence: Our Commitment

BioAmber Inc.'s goal is to ensure a safe and healthy working environment that benefits our employees, contractors, customers, shareholders and the communities in which we operate and sell our products. We strive to make innovative, sustainable chemicals profitably and responsibly.

We believe strong HSE management practices help protect our stakeholders and the environment, and positively contribute to the overall success of our business. Achieving excellence in HSE management is a dynamic process and we continually strive to improve on our performance. We openly report on our performance, consult with our employees and our various stakeholders. We work to raise our standards and we seek to recognize those who have contributed to superior HSE performance. The cornerstone of our HSE program is the identification, understanding and management of responsibility at all levels of the organization. Part of this process involves developing measurable safety and eco-efficiency targets, which we are committed to meet.

In addition, BioAmber Inc. has pledged its compliance with the Toxics Reduction Act (TRA), and will strive forward to eliminate or reduce the use and discharge of ammonia in full compliance with all federal and provincial regulations. The 2017 Report on Toxic Substance Accounting Summary of BioAmber Sarnia Inc. is now available.
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Manufacturing Facilities

BioAmber Inc. operates the world’s largest succinic acid plant in Sarnia, Canada. The facility has a nameplate capacity of 30,000 tons per year and was built at a cost of $141 million. Construction was completed in 2015.

Beyond Sarnia, BioAmber Inc. is planning to build a second world-scale plant in North America that will produce 1,4-butanediol (BDO), tetrahydrofuran (THF) and succinic acid. The nameplate capacity is expected to be 100,000 tons of BDO/THF and 70,000 tons of succinic acid per year. BioAmber Inc. has signed take-or pay contracts for approximately 80% of the nameplate capacity of this second plant, which is expected to complete construction in late 2018.

BioAmber Inc. is proud that its Integrated Management Systems in Sarnia were ISO 9001:2008 registered, ISO 14001:2004 registered, BS OHSAS 18001:2007 registered, and FSSC 22000 registered within four months of operational start-up. BioAmber Sarnia is also registered with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration pursuant to the Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act.

  • Certification ISO 9001:2008
  • Certification ISO 14001
  • Certification OHSAS 18001
  • Certification FSSC 22000
  • US Federal Seal

Sarnia, Ontario, Canada

30,000 MT
Succinic Acid Production Facility


BioAmber Inc.’s leadership position has been built with several strategic partnerships, joint ventures and collaborations.

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Awards & Certifications

BioAmber Inc. is committed to making greener chemistry a reality. Through in-house development, open innovation and partnerships, BioAmber Inc. has grown into a market leader in the field of bio-based chemicals. We are honored to be recognized for work we intrinsically value.


Bioamber wins Biorenewable Chemicals Technology Award 2009 from Frost & Sullivan BioAmber Succinic Acid Wins Presidential Green Chemistry Award BioAmber Wins ICIS Innovation Award for Best Business Innovation BioAmber Wins BIOTECanada's Gold Leaf Award for Early Stage Company of the Year BioAmber Bio-SA™ Earns High Score in Environmental Leader Technology Reviews

Integrated Management System Certifications

  • Certification ISO 9001:2015
  • Certification ISO 14001
  • Certification OHSAS 18001
  • Certification FSSC 22000

Bio-Based Succinic Acid Product Certifications

  • BioAmber’s Crystalline Bio-based Succinic Acid monomer sold under the trademark BIO-SA™ has 9...
  • Halal Certified
  • Kosher Certified
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