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Monday, June 23, 2008

Bioplastics Sources

While many bioplastics are made from corn, companies like MBLX and NTI are looking into and using other inputs to develop these biodegradable plastics.

The worldwide plastics market is about $4 billion, Lynch said. Currently, bioplastics captures less than 1% of that market. But that portion of the market has been growing at a rate of 50% per year, Lynch said, and he estimated that the bioplastics could account for $30 billion by 2015. "The market growth is tremendous. There are a lot of customers who want to change over," Dalal said.
The company's plastic is made mostly from corn, but it also uses non-food plant materials. Company officials would not specify which non-food plant source it uses.
"If you look at the market today, corn is right now the dominant feedstock because it is more readily available, but research and development is looking at non-food sources," Vineet Dalal, vice president and director global market development for the company, said in an interview. "I think you'll see a lot of that in the future. Our
biodegradable cutlery is made from a non-food based sources." Read More Here

NTI - India - Hotels, hospitals and leather units are among our key users,” a source said. Since resin availability could prove to be a limiting factor in the long run, the company is exploring the possibility of manufacturing the base resins from different feedstocks, sources added. Read More Here

MBLX - ยบ Biology and Genetic Engineering. For our fermentation system, we have
modified bacteria by inserting specific genes into the bacteria to
biologically convert sugar into PHA Natural Plastics all within the
bacteria itself. In our switchgrass program, we are modifying certain
plants, such as switchgrass, to produce and aggregate PHA Natural
Plastics within the leaves and stems which we can harvest. Continued
developments in genetic engineering and transferring to new plants or
production processes are important for our success. Read More Here

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

You missed these ....

The best commercially available certified biodegradable and compostable-at-home plastics, made from renewable resources including potato and corn starch, are available from the companies listed below.

The polymer is manufactured by Biotec GmbH in Germany. Stanelco PLC in the UK and Sphere S.A. in France own 50% each of Biotec GmbH. The other companies below are partners, agents,and clients, and supply the bioplastics and products made from the bioplastics, such as carrier bags, and the worlds first biodegradable flexible tube, more on the tubes here ....

(just search the site for STANELCO)

The group and their partners, agents and clients are at

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