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Circa and Merck sign OEM supply & sale deal for Cyrene

Circa and Merck sign OEM supply & sale deal for Cyrene
Headquartered in Darmstadt, Germany, Merck is a global science and technology company (photo courtesy Merck).

Norway-headed sustainable biochemicals company Circa Group AS and Germany-headed Merck KGaA (Merck), a leading science and technology company, have announced the finalization of an agreement for the supply of "Cyrene", Circa’s sustainable, bio-derived industrial solvent.

Cyrene is a bio-based solvent that demonstrates circularity, sustainability, and safety at every stage of its lifecycle.

From its fossil-free non-food feedstock to its recyclability and end-of-life disposal Cyrene is a safer and more sustainable alternative to traditional toxic petroleum-based solvents, such as dimethylformamide (DMF).

According to Circa, the DMF market is expected to reach US$545.4 million by 2030, growing at an average CAGR of 4.8 percent between 2024 and 2030.

However, there is a growing demand for alternatives given government regulations and concerns about human health and the environment.

Recognized as Sustainability Product of the Year by Business Intelligence Group’s Sustainability Awards and a Top Product by the Environment + Energy Leader Awards, Cyrene is a promising option for various applications.

The formalization of this business partnership, which has developed over the past five-plus years, is an important step forward for the global marketing and distribution of Cyrene. Our goal is to meet the demand of researchers and organizations around the world looking for an alternative to harmful solvents, to minimize the environmental health impact and simultaneously improve product performance, said Bertel Karlstedt, CEO of Circa Group.

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