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CropEnergies acquires advanced biofuels firm

CropEnergies acquires advanced biofuels firm
EthaTec produces advanced ethanol from food industry waste, such as dough residues from bakeries and pizza factories, but also from contaminated sugar solutions (photo courtesy EthaTec).

Germany-headed ethanol major CropEnergies AG, a Südzucker Group company has announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire the business activities of compatriot EthaTec GmbH, Weselberg, via its recently founded subsidiary CE Advanced Bioenergies GmbH. A contract for the acquisition of personnel and tangible assets (asset deal) was signed on November 17, 2023. 

EthaTec employs approximately 20 people. The site has an annual production capacity of up to 3 million litres of advanced ethanol and biogas.

Waste and residual materials from the food industry that can no longer be used for human consumption are used as raw materials.

Thanks to an optimized energy concept with biogas production, the plant does not require any fossil energy.

The purchase price of around EUR 8 million will be paid in cash and the transaction is expected to be finalized in the coming months.

We are very pleased to have CropEnergies as a strong partner in the company, which intends to significantly expand the Weselberg site in the coming years, said Eduard Rosin, Managing Director of EthaTec.

Optimize and expand

CropEnergies produces renewable ethanol from arable crops, but increasingly also from residual and waste materials.

The company intends to further expand this area. The acquisition of EthaTec is an important building block for the expansion of these activities and CropEnergies plans to optimize the EthaTec site and expand production capacity over the next few years.

For CropEnergies, the acquisition of EthaTec represents a further step in the implementation of our corporate strategy. With it, we are expanding the raw material base for the production of advanced biofuels from waste and residual materials. It is particularly interesting that the production technology optimized in Weselberg can also be set up at other locations and that production based on this model is to be successively expanded on a decentralized basis, i.e. close to where the waste and residual materials are produced, said Dr Stephan Meeder, CEO of CropEnergies.

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