Commercial-scale bioplastics production kicks off
Showa Denko (SDK, Tokyo / Japan; has started commercial production of its biodegradable polyester (PBS) resin “Bionolle” at its plant in Tatsuno / Japan. The Japanese group in mid-July announced that it had started providing film-grade samples of the product to select customers, including Natur-Tec (, part of US bioplastics products manufacturer Northern Technologies International Corp (Circle Pines, Minnesota / USA;

Bionolle can be fully decomposed in water and carbon dioxide and is used in compost bags and mulch films. About 50% of the raw material that goes into the resin is bio-derived, and comes in the form of starches or sugars. SDK said its “Bionolle Starcla” grades, which contain a starch mix, even can achieve a 70% bio-based content.

The Japanese company said it plans in future to secure up to 10,000-20,000 t/y of bio-derived succinic acid allowing it to ramp up Bionolle output in Tatsuno. SDK had signed a supply agreement to that effect early this year with US biochemicals producer Myriant Corp (Quincy, Massachusetts; – see of 13.02.2012.
17.07.2012 [222859-0]
Published on 17.07.2012
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