Cereplast Plans Major Bioplastics Expansion

Cereplast Inc., Hawthorne, Calif., announced big plans to ramp up its starch-based resins production by 500 million lb by spring of 2010.

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Cereplast Inc., Hawthorne, Calif., announced big plans to ramp up its starch-based resins production by 500 million lb by spring of 2010. The company expects to start up two lines totaling 100 million lb by this summer at a new facility in Seymour, Ind. Plans also call for an additional 50 million lb by Jan. 2009, another 250 million lb by Sept. 2009, and 100 million lb by spring 2010. The company currently operates a 50-million-lb facility in Hawthorne. The new capacity will include a mix of compostable resins--based on polylactic acid (PLA) or thermoplastic starches mixed with some PLA--and Cereplast’s new non-compostable “hybrid” blends of starch with conventional polymers such as PP.

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