Category Archives: Bioplastics

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 [..]

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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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German Company Emerges As Important WPC Player

A southern Germany company called JELU with a long history in wood processing has developed a proprietary wood-plastic composite (WPC) and now has a capacity of 45,000 tons. [..]

Bioplastics, Composites, Construction, Consumer Goods, Europe, Green, Injection Molding, PLA, Reinforcing Material

PLA Creates Sacrificial Composite Channels, Mimicking Nature

Bioplastic polylactic acid (PLA) will play an interesting role in creating sacrificial channels for super lightweight reusable, 3D-printed Tinkertoy-type parts for use in space structures. Christopher Hansen, an [..]

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Metabolix Digs Its Way Back, Shovelful By Shovelful

Use of bioplastics continues to grow, but the path to commercialization is generally quite different from what was envisioned 10 years ago. Metabolix, a PHA developer spun off [..]

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PTT Announces ‘Bioplastic Estate’, But No OK Yet From NatureWorks

Thailand’s leading chemicals’ producer is pushing ahead with a major “bioplastic industrial estate” although NatureWorks, which would build the plastics plant, is still not yet on board. PTT [..]

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