Elevance planning another biofeedstocks plant

By Frank Esposito
Senior Staff Reporter

Published: October 23, 2013 7:04 am ET
Updated: October 23, 2013 6:11 pm ET

Related to this story

Topics Materials, Sustainability, Materials Suppliers

Less than a year after opening its plant in Indonesia, Elevance Renewable Sciences Inc. has announced plans to open another bioplastics feedstock plant in Natchez, Miss., by 2016.

Current customer interest in the firm's Inherent-brand biofeedstocks – which can be used to make nylon, polyurethane and other plastic and non-plastic products – "calls for demand to exceed (the Indonesian plant's) capacity," chief executive officer K'Lynne Johnson said in an Oct. 22 news release.

"Customer activity continues to increase in each of our market platforms," she added. "By building bio-refineries in multiple geographies, we are able to meet customer demand for better-performing, cost-competitive renewable alternatives to petrochemicals across multiple industries."

The plant in Gresik, Indonesia, opened earlier this year. Woodridge, Ill.-based Elevance is operating the plant through a joint venture with agribusiness group Wilmar International Ltd. Of Singapore.

The firm already has invested $30 million at an existing biofuels refinery in Natchez that it bought from Delta BioFuels Inc. in 2011. Improvements have tripled production of existing operations there and transformed those operations from batch to continuous operations.

The Natchez biorefinery will initially operate using canola or soybean oil, officials said. The Gresik biorefinery is now operating on palm oil. Both plants are capable of running on multiple renewable oil feedstocks.

The Gresik site has annual capacity of almost 400 million pounds. The planned project in Natchez will have annual capacity of almost 620 million pounds.

Both plants use those feedstocks to make a diacid. New types of nylon and PU made with the Elevance diacid can be used to make numerous products in the automotive, electrical/electronic, consumer goods and sporting goods markets.

Elevance already has development deals in place with materials firms Arkema Group and Clariant International Ltd.


Comments

Elevance planning another biofeedstocks plant

By Frank Esposito
Senior Staff Reporter

Published: October 23, 2013 7:04 am ET
Updated: October 23, 2013 6:11 pm ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story


More stories

Image

Antimicrobial polymers firm TiFiber launching pilot production in Ark.

December 19, 2014 10:58 am ET

TiFiber Inc., which makes synthetic compounds to control dangerous microorganisms, will locate a pilot production facility and its future company...    More

Image

Patel named LyondellBasell CEO

December 19, 2014 9:56 am ET

Bhavesh V. “Bob” Patel has been named CEO of Houston-based polyolefins producer LyondellBasell Industries NV, effective Jan. 12.    More

Image

Momentive to get a new name in January

December 19, 2014 9:45 am ET

Momentive Specialty Chemicals Inc. will change its name to Hexion Inc., effective Jan. 15.    More

Image

Thailand's SCG Chemicals buying Norwegian chemical firm Norner

December 19, 2014 9:11 am ET

Thailand's SCG Chemicals Co. Ltd. has announced it has acquired 51 percent of the shares in the independent petrochemical company Norner Holding AS...    More

Image

BASF to sell its share in Singapore JV

December 19, 2014 8:37 am ET

BASF SE has announced that it has reached an agreement for it to sell its share in the 50-50 joint venture ELLBA Eastern, at Jurong Island, Singapore ...    More

Market Reports

Flexible Packaging Trends in North America

Our latest RESEARCH report examines trends in FLEXIBLE PACKAGING impacting the North American market including a review of economic conditions, key drivers of growth, materials pricing, M&A activity, sustainability challenges and the outlook for 2015.

Learn more

Plastics Recycling Trends in North America

This report is a review and analysis of the North American Plastics Recycling Industry, including key trends and statistics based on 2013 performance. We examine market environment factors, regulatory issues, industry challenges, key drivers and emerging trends in post-consumer and post-industrial recycling.

Learn more

Plastics in Mexico - State of the Industry Report

This report analyzes the $20 billion plastics industry in Mexico including sales of machinery & equipment, resins and finished products.

Our analysts provide insight on business trends, foreign investment, top end markets and plastics processing activity. The report also provides important data on exports, production, employment and value of plastics products manufactured.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

January 14, 2015 - January 14, 2015Plastics in Automotive

February 4, 2015 - February 6, 2015Plastics News Executive Forum 2015

June 2, 2015 - June 3, 2015Plastics Financial Summit - Chicago 2015

September 16, 2015 - September 18, 2015Plastics Caps & Closures - September 2015

October 27, 2015 - October 29, 2015Plastics Financial Summit - New York - 2015

More Events