Plant chemistry and fermentation

An essential partner in the development of plant chemistry and bioplastics, Tereos is helping to decrease the chemicals industry’s reliance on fossil resources, reduce its environmental footprint and make its processes cleaner.

Key figures


of raw materials used in the chemicals industry in France are of plant origin


tonnes of plant protein produced by Tereos

Solid expertise in green chemistry

Tereos is renowned for its expertise in plant chemistry, which makes it possible to replace fossil carbon by plant-based carbon to produced biosourced materials.

Thanks to its agricultural shareholding, the Group enjoys easy access to biomass, the biodegradable portion of waste products and residues of biological origin, the use of which enables the production of a large number of chemical products.

Several ingredients derived from agricultural raw materials, such as potato starch, dextrose and liquid sorbitol, are used in the composition of biosourced plastic materials, e.g. polyurethanes, adhesives, coatings, detergents, etc.

Tereos is also playing a part in R&D focused on the bioethanol of tomorrow through its involvement in a number of projects, including Futurol, for the development of a production process for second-generation bioethanol from ligno-cellulose materials; Biocore, a European project seeking to develop complex biomass plant-based refinery; and Probio3, for the production of oils through a fermentation process.

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BioButterfly, a project in partnership with Michelin to produce biosourced tyres

This project aims to develop biosourced butadiene as a substitute for traditional butadiene, an oil-based product used in the composition of tyres. Thanks to this partnership, bio-butadiene will be produced from plant-derived raw materials resulting from the production of beet sugar. The aim is to commission a pilot industrial operation by 2020. This demonstrator will validate the key phases of the process and its feasibility while confirming the desirability of deploying it on an industrial scale.