Bioplastic news roundup

As I’ve said before this post, too much news clogging my draft box and it’s just the first month of the year. By the way, I will start working on a bioplastic article for ICIS Chemical Business’ green chemicals issue. I just wondered what particular topic readers would like to read about bioplastics.

Let me know!

Cereplast new hybrid resins

Cereplast launched its next generation Hybrid Resins, an expansion of its Biopropylene PP-based resin product offering through new grades, Hybrid 102D and 105D. The resins replace up to 50% of the petroleum content in traditional plastic products with biobased materials such as starches. The new grades Hybrid 102D and Hybrid 105D are both injection molding grades, a heating and cooling manufacturing process in which the material is molded in different shapes.

DaniMer Scientific gets certification

DaniMer Scientific’s ReNew packaging and film resins have been officially certified as compostable by Vincotte International. DaniMer’s OK Compost certified resins are both compostable and biodegradable. Renew Film Resins are specifically designed for the efficient conversion and production of: disposable shopping bags, compostable bags, odor barrier packaging products and agricultural mulch film, among others.

GSA bags Plaxica’s PLA demo design

Grimley Smith Associates (GSA) won a contract to design Plaxica’s first biopolymer demonstration facility at Wilton International on Teesside, UK. The proposed demonstration plant will use energy efficient processes to produce second generation high performance polylactic acid (PLA) based materials. Plaxica will build the demonstration facility and will use it to gain key process data on the technology in preparation for scale-up, commercial implementation and technology licensing. The plant is expected to be operational later in 2012.

Teknor Apex sells vinyls with Dow bioplasticizers

Dow Chemical and Teknor Apex are collaborating on a joint market development for flexible vinyl  that will contain Dow Ecolibrium biobased plasticizers in several applications such as consumer and industrial products, certain medical devices, auto components and select wire and cable products. Teknor Apex plans to commercialize the vinyl compounds this year and introduce new compounds at NPE 2012 in April.

Micromidas awards biopolymer funding

The Michigan Molecular Institute (MMI) has secured $30,000 funding from a collaboration with start-up waste-to-chemicals development firm Micromidas to research biopolymers and renewable polymer building blocks. MMI is also providing proof-of-concept expertise to the Corn Marketing Program of Michigan’s renewable propylene glycol derivatives research.

Palm oil bioplastic in Malaysia

The government-owned research technology company SIRIM has built a first-of-its-kind pilot plant in Malaysia to convert palm oil into versatile biodegradable plastic materials. The facility in Shah Alam, Selangor state is fully automated and produces various types of polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs). It uses palm oil mill effluent (POME) and crude palm kernel oil as feedstock to produce 2,000L of different PHA materials.

Cardia Bioplastic expands China supply

Cardia Bioplastics Limited is supplying three more City Districts in China to provide householders with kitchen waste bags made from Cardia renewable Biohybrid™ products. The total sales value for the supply of bags for the trials is expected to be AUD$600,000 over the next 6 months.Cardia was also awarded the supply contract by the City of Nanjing in December.

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