BASF gets license from US Metabolix for biodegradable polymer

04 February 2011 18:35  [Source: ICIS news]

TORONTO (ICIS)--BASF has acquired a license from US bioscience company Metabolix to produce polylactic acid (PLA) and polybutyl adipic terephthalic acid (PBAT) compounds, the US office of the German chemicals major said on Friday.

BASF said that under the deal with Metabolix, it would produce and market PLA and PBAT under BASF’s trade name Ecovio.

Ecovio, a biodegradable polymer, was a blend of BASF’s Ecoflex biodegradable aliphatic-aromatic copolyester and corn sugar-based PLA.

BASF’s production capacity for Ecovio was 15,000 tonnes/year, it said. Ecovio grades are used commercially for shopping bags, organic waste bags, food packaging and agricultural films, it added.

The company did not disclose the license deal’s financial terms or its duration.

Earlier this week, BASF started operations at a newly expanded 74,000 tonne/year Ecoflex biodegradable plastics plant at its chemicals production hub in Ludwigshafen, Germany.

In related news, Massachusetts-based Metabolix said last week it won funding from Canada’s Saskatchewan province to research and develop oilseed crops as a potential source for bioplastics.

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By: Stefan Baumgarten
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