MHG Now Largest PHA Supplier With Commercial-Scale Fermenter
Up to 60 million lb capacity now available.
Biotechnology firm MHG, Bainbridge, Ga., has become the world’s largest producer of PHA biopolymer with the recent startup of its first commercial-scale fermenter. The company has been working over the last couple of years to ramp up the Bainbridge facility. Initial capacity for Nodax PHA is 30 million lb/yr, though at full production, the plant will be capable of twice that volume.
Extruded decking still drives the embryonic wood-filled plastics market. But injection and compression molded wood composites are coming on strong, and extruded profiles are moving toward more complex millwork shapes.
Wood-plastic composites, or WPCs, are already a 1.3-billion-lb market and are growing at 20% annually.
Injection molders are just becoming acquainted with this new class of molding materials. It pays to learn some basic processing guidelines before jumping in.