01 February 2011 11:03 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS)--BASF has started operations at its newly expanded 74,000 tonne/year biodegradable plastics plant at Ludwigshafen in Germany, the chemicals major said on Tuesday.
The plant’s production capacity for its Ecoflex product before the expansion was 14,000 tonnes/year, the company said in a statement.
BASF would also be ramping up compounding capacity for its Ecovio brand of biodegradable plastics, a derivative of Ecoflex, it said.
Ecoflex has all the properties of conventional polyethylene (PE) but is fully biodegradable, the firm said.
Ecovio is also biodegradable and contains up to 75% of renewable raw materials, the company added.
Typical applications for Ecovio include shopping bags, organic waste bags, mulch films for agricultural applications and food packaging, according to BASF.
The global market for biodegradable and bio-based plastics was estimated to be growing by more than 20% a year, it said.
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