Suppliers of biopolymers, such as MHG, and others who have bio-based raw material content and recycling content in their product offerings, such as DAK Americas, Charlotte, N.C., were among the several material suppliers at NPE2015 who saw plenty of action.
MHG (Meridian Holdings Group) reported an “astounding level of positive response” at the big show, where it showcased its new generation of patented biopolymers based on PHA, as well as services such as R&D and toll manufacturing for bio-based materials the company now offers to business partners. This included the launch of a new website—MHGBio.com, which provides all this information.
“These are exciting times for us, and I’m overwhelmed by the enthusiastic responses by so many people who are excited about the potential of MHG’s groundbreaking technology,” says, Dr. Isao Noda, CSO of MHG and the “father” of Nodax PHA. The company showed two new videos: “Canola Dreams”, which showed MHG’s canola fields, now in full bloom and soon to be harvested. The locally grown plants serve as the feedstock for Nodax PHA at the company’s Bainbridge, Ga., facility; and, one that revealed MHG’s latest developments, including the fact that it is one of the few biotech companies in the world to achieve almost 100% eco-compatibility for biopolymers that can be made at a global-scale capacity, yet leave a significantly lower carbon footprint.
Meanwhile, a discussion with John Cullen, director of sales & marketing at PET supplier DAK revealed that the company forsees the production of 100% bio-based PET within the next five years on a smaller scale and totally within the next 10-15 years. The company currently offers grades with 30% biobased ethylene glycol content as well as grades with 20% post-consumer recycle content.
“Four years ago, we started our work on producing paraxylene from by-products of plant-based materials and have shown that its performance is equal to that of petrochemical-based paraxylene. We have had inquiries here at the show, for 100% bio-based PET from food packaging thermoformers primarily. We are preparing to make 100% bio-based PET, which will be 100% recyclable as is the case with current virgin PET.” In terms of PCR recycle content, Cullen notes that 25-30% is the highest resin suppliers can go without adversely affecting processability.
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