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Corbion, Total in PLA JV

A good news for Corbion as France-based energy company, Total, decided to join forces and formed a 50/50 JV with Corbion to produce and market PLA polymers.  The JV will now handle the construction of a 75 ktpa PLA polymerization plant at Corbion’s site in Thailand, which already has a lactide (PLA monomer) production unit, … Continue reading »

Sustainable Sourcing of Feedstocks for Bioplastics

Bio-based chemicals and materials producer, Corbion, has released a white paper outlining the company’s position on feedstock selection, as well as covering issues such as land use, feedstock efficiency and food security. The paper was presented in September at the company’s PLA feedstock workshop reportedly attended by some 70 companies throughout the value chain. Corbion … Continue reading »

Metabolix rejects Cellulac merger proposal

I can’t really write any long posts this week due to tight newsletter deadline but I just saw a confirmation from UK-based Cellulac that it has proposed a merger to Metabolix, which was then rejected. Last week, Metabolix announced that it is closing its biopolymers (PHA-based) business with a layoff of around 45 positions (50% … Continue reading »

Protected: Cellulac looking to acquire Metabolix?

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Study: Biodegradable/compostable plastics in Europe

nova-institute GmbH recently published a study on the consumption of biodegradable and compostable plastic products in Europe, which reportedly grew to 100,000 tons in 2015.  Consumption is expected to grow beyond 300,000 tons in 2020 if the legal framework were to be set more favorably.  This is based on an assumed annual growth rate of … Continue reading »

NatureWorks’ $1 Million R&D Lab for methane-based lactic acid

NatureWorks has opened its new $1 million 8,300 square-foot laboratory at its Minnesota headquarter to commercialize a fermentation process for transforming methane into lactic acid, the building block of Ingeo™ biopolymer. NatureWorks is hiring six scientists to staff the new facility.The methane to lactic acid research project began in 2013 as a joint effort between NatureWorks and Calysta … Continue reading »

Corbion to form 2nd Gen PLA consortium

I am seeing a lot of consortiums being formed these days and I think that’s a great thing in the renewable chemicals sector. Corbion is inviting users of PLA to join a consortium to accelerate the market introduction of PLA bioplastic resin from second generation feedstock. Second generation feedstocks are those which are not suitable … Continue reading »

Introducing: PLA-based biaxially oriented film

In PLA news, BI-AX International, a packaging film and sheet specialist, has launched an entirely new line of its Evlon biaxially oriented sheet products developed in collaboration with NatureWorks.  This new biobased sheet made from Ingeo biopolymer reportedly provides a competitive alternative to polyvinyl chloride (PVC ) and high-impact polystyrene (HIPS), credit, key and gift cards as well … Continue reading »

Plaxica gets patents for its Optipure® Technology

I’m off for a day to attend the Geekiest place on Earth in the next four days, the New York Comic Con! Too bad I can’t use my press pass here but maybe I’ll introduce them to the magic and wonders of renewable/green chemistry. In the meantime, let me post this brief news from Plaxica. … Continue reading »

VIDEO: ZealaFoam – a biodegradable alternative to polystyrene

The blog has been reporting developments in bio-based polystyrene (PS) especially at these times where expandable PS is being banned in several cities in the US including the recent one here in my hometown, New York City. New Zealand-based The Biopolymer Network (BPN) has partnered with Auckland-based plastics maker Barnes Plastics, and the partnership has … Continue reading »

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