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Two early movers and shakers in the world of bioplastics recently received new leases on life, as the nascent biochemical industry struggles through some growing pains.
An industry gathering sponsored by NatureWorks is a forum for materials, additives, and processing advances.
Floreon of the U.K. offers -impact-modified PLA that's more than 90% biobased, as well as additive masterbatches.
Metabolix Inc., Cambridge, Mass., has just begun to commercialize new grades of its Mirel PHA biopolymer designed specifically to modify PLA.
A new class of renewable and very efficient multifunctional modifiers for PVC has been developed at Metabolix. This series of biobased PHA (polyhydroxyalkanoate) copolymers offers toughening, plasticization, and improved processing of all types of PVC compounds. They also have good UV stability and transparency, do not promote biodegradation, and are fungi resistant.
WEB EXCLUSIVE: Metabolix Inc., Cambridge, Mass., has come out with a new compostable film grade of PHA biopolymer, Mvera B5008, which is certified compostable by European standards.
Metabolix, Inc., Cambridge, Mass., has developed a series of biobased PHA copolymers that act as impact modifiers, flexibilizers, and processing aids for rigid and flexible PVC.
WEB EXCLUSIVE: Metabolix, Inc., Cambridge, Mass., has developed a series of biobased PHA (polyhydroxyalkanoate) copolymers that act as plasticizers, impact modifiers, and processing aids for rigid and flexible PVC.
Metabolix, Inc., Cambridge, Mass., has signed a letter of intent to produce its Mirel biopolymer at Antibioticos, S.A.in Leon, Spain.
WEB EXCLUSIVE: Metabolix, Inc., Cambridge, Mass., and has signed a letter of intent to make its Mirel biopolymer resin at Antibioticos, S.A.in Leon, Spain.
The world of biopolymers got a jolt last month when Metabolix Inc., Cambridge, Mass., and the Archer Daniels Midland Co. (ADM), Decatur, Ill., announced the end of the Telles LLC joint venture for producing PHA biopolymer, effective Feb. 8.
Do you have a sustainability officer yet? You might need one. It's probably even more likely that your customers have one, and you will have to pay attention to them if you want to continue to supply them with plastic parts or products.
Newly available cast sheet and thermoforming grades of Mirel biobased polymers open up a new range of applications in containers and other formed parts where renewable content and biodegradability are desired.
If you’re thinking about adding bioplastics to your portfolio of processing capabilities, it’s best to first find out what separates them from traditional synthetic polymers and how their differences will affect you.
Metabolix, Inc., Cambridge, Mass., has just completed a field trial of growing tobacco that was genetically engineered to produce polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) biopolymers.
Two promising new biopolymers are finding some initial commercial applications.
Plastics are going “green,” but they will need some help to get there. Biodegradable polymers derived from renewable resources are attracting lots of interest and publicity, but that enthusiasm is counterbalanced by persistent questions of availability, cost, performance, and processability. All these issues are inter-related: Increasing demand will lead to more capacity, which will presumably lead to lower prices. But the foundation is market demand, which ultimately depends on whether biopolymers will have the performance properties and processability to compete with existing non-renewable plastics.
Major chemical companies are investing big bucks in new plants and technologies to produce plastics from annually renewable sources, not from petrochemicals.
More resin makers are joining the action in biopolymers made from renewable resources.
Patented technology developed at the Univ. of Mass.-Lowell for melt blending polylactic acid (PLA) biopolymer with 20% of any of several biodegradable aliphatic copolyesters (U.S.