Details Set for Bioplastic Plant

Archer Daniels Midland Co. (ADM), Decatur, Ill., and Metabolix, Inc., Cambridge, Mass., have selected Clinton, Iowa, as the site for the first commercial plant to produce polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) bioplastic.

Archer Daniels Midland Co. (ADM), Decatur, Ill., and Metabolix, Inc., Cambridge, Mass., have selected Clinton, Iowa, as the site for the first commercial plant to produce polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) bioplastic. This biodegradable polyester is made by bacterial fermentation of cornstarch, to be supplied by a nearby ADM corn mill. When completed in mid-2008, it will have a capacity of 100 million lb/yr of resin suitable for molding, thermoforming, and extrusion into film, sheet, and fiber. ADM and Metabolix intend to form a joint venture to market the resin.

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