High-value chemicals from plants and microbes

A wide range of chemicals can be extracted from plants and microbes. These natural products are increasingly sought after by manufacturers from the personal care, food, drink and pharma sectors.

biobased chemical innovation in Yorks & Humber

The region has one of the biggest concentrations of chemical companies in the country. Many of these companies are experts in the use of biobased raw materials.

  • The region hosts more than 450 chemical companies, accounting for around 10% of the UK’s chemical industry.
  • Large multinationals, such as Novartis, BP and Syngenta, are based here as well as many innovative small companies and start-ups.
  • Croda is a global leader in biobased speciality chemicals, headquartered in East Yorkshire.

World-class research and development can be found in the region’s top-ranking universities. 

The biobased chemicals sector is strengthened by specialist networks led from the region.

Small, high-growth companies in Yorkshire are developing valuable, biobased innovations for the chemicals industry.

  • Sci Green Innovations uses supercritical fluids and superheated water to extract and manufacture valuable products from biomass.
  • Floreon has created a globally patented, compostable bioplastic, which outperforms standard plastic packaging.
  • Australian chemical manufacturer Circa has established a Yorkshire base to access local knowledge and expertise on biobased chemicals.

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Professor James Clark, Director, Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence