12 July 2012 13:45 [Source: ICIS news]
TOKYO (ICIS)--Japanese chemical producer Showa Denko KK (SDK) has begun commercial production of a bio-based biodegradable polyester resin, Bionolle, using plant-derived succinic acid at its Tatsuno plant in Hyogo prefecture, the company said in a statement on Thursday.
The producer has already started distributing samples of the product, it said.
Existing grades of Bionolle, which can be fully decomposed into water and carbon dioxide, have been used in component bags and mulch films, SDK said.
The company has successfully developed a volume production technology to produce Bionolle using succinic acid made from bio-based raw materials – starches and sugars, and 50% of Bionolle’s main feedstocks are now plant-derived, added SDK.
Bio-derived Bionolle is being test-marketed to customers including Natur-Tec, a division of US-based bioplastics manufacturer Northern Technologies International, said SDK.
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