Category Archives: Bioplastics

What Can Gene Editing Do For Plastics?

Will industrial microbiologists become more important in the development of plastics than petroleum engineers and geologists? Maybe. And it may not be all that far off. There are [..]

Bioplastics, Europe, North America , ,

Carbon Reduction Projects Advance Despite Donald Trump

Donald J. Trump may feel that climate change is a hoax, but there will continue to be steady growth in new technologies that reduce the impact of the [..]

Aircraft, Bioplastics, Locations, North America, Packaging

BASF, DuPont Get Closer On Potentially Disruptive Bioplastic

A newly improved polyester bioplastic is potentially a major player in the production of bottles and film in food packaging. Many other applications are possible. DuPont and BASF [..]

Bioplastics, Europe, Green, North America, Packaging , ,

MCC’s New BioPlastic Is Expensive Niche Material

Acceptance rates are slow for a new engineering plastic called Durabio developed by Mazda and Mitsubishi Chemical Corp. (MCC) that targets polycarbonate and acrylic. The big problem is [..]

Asia, Automotive, Bioplastics, Electronics, Green

ThyssenKrupp Will Build Its First Commercial PLA Plant

Cofco, a state-owned food processing company, is building a plant in Changchun, China to produce 10,000 metric tons per year of polylactic acid (PLA), arguably the most important [..]

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Total Bets On Bioplastics; Forms JV With Corbion

Total S.A., one of the seven major global oil companies, is making a significant investment in the bioplastics industry through a joint venture with Corbion. The companies are [..]

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Korean Firm Will Produce Mirel PHAs

Metabolix, a struggling developer of innovative bioplastics, is receiving a lifeline from a Korean manufacturer that is building a 10,000 tons per year plant in Fort Dodge, Iowa [..]

Asia, Bioplastics, North America

Corbion Proceeds With PLA Plant

Despite significant headwinds from low oil prices, Corbion says that it is on track to construct a 75,000 metric tons per year polylactic acid (PLA) plant in Thailand [..]

Australia, Bioplastics, PLA , ,

DuPont, ADM Announce ‘Breakthrough’ In Bioplastic Precursor

DuPont and Archer Daniels Midland Co. (ADM) this week announced a “breakthrough” in the production of a bioplastic precursor that can be used for engineering plastics, packaging, textiles, [..]

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Polymaker Initially Struggled, Now Makes Some Big Moves

A Chinese startup called Polymakr launched on Kickstarter last year with much fanfare about its newly developed 3D printing fiaments: a stronger PLA ($24/lb), a faster-printing flexible plastic [..]

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