Biopolymer firms report success with PHA pilot production

By Michael Lauzon
Correspondent

Published: April 24, 2014 1:30 pm ET
Updated: April 24, 2014 1:33 pm ET

Related to this story

Topics Sustainability Materials Materials Suppliers
Companies & Associations

Biopolymer developer Meridian Inc. and Tate & Lyle plc have reported successful pilot production of Meridian’s process to make polyhydroxyalkanoate, a naturally derived polymer it touts as an alternative to conventional plastics.

Meridian of Bainbridge, Ga., said the success paves the way for mass production of biodegradable PHA. The pilot project achieved production rates that make commercial production viable, according to the company. Meridian Executive Chairman Paul Pereira said in an April 23 news release that the pilot confirmation allows his company to contribute to sustainability efforts.

“Successes like this demonstrate that sustainability can and does benefit both the environment and the economy,” noted Tate & Lyle vice president of business development Greg Wenndt.

Meridian recently received food contact approval for its PHA from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, helping the polymer’s prospects for use in packaging and storage containers.

The pilot project used Meridian’s process to convert biomass fermentation products to PHA.

Tate & Lyle, a multinational food and beverage ingredient supplier, contributed its fermentation technolgoy to the pilot trial. Its product lines include fermentation products, mainly acidulants.


Comments

Biopolymer firms report success with PHA pilot production

By Michael Lauzon
Correspondent

Published: April 24, 2014 1:30 pm ET
Updated: April 24, 2014 1:33 pm ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story


More stories

Image

PolyOne launches Geon BIO PVC using soy-based materials

April 24, 2015 11:48 am ET

More than a decade of research is paying off for Battelle Memorial Institute in the form of Geon BIO PVC compounds from PolyOne Corp.    More

Image

California may require more recycled content in bottles

April 24, 2015 11:16 am ET

California lawmakers are considering a pair of bills that would bump up the required recycled content in plastic bottles for beverage companies to...    More

Image

KHS cuts packaging with direct printing on PET bottles, adhesive multi-packs

April 23, 2015 1:39 pm ET

KHS GmbH has been pouring a lot of time into solving issues related to direct printing on PET bottles, and after eight years of work, everyone...    More

Image

DuPont center in India gets LEED Certification

April 23, 2015 1:07 pm ET

DuPont Co.'s Knowledge Center in Hyderabad, India, was awarded LEED certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.    More

Image

MeadWestvaco joins the Recycling Partnership

April 23, 2015 11:19 am ET

MeadWestvaco Corp., a global packaging company with some operations in plastics, is joining the Recycling Partnership.    More

Market Reports

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

Injection Molding Market Analysis & Processor Rankings

Plastics News BUNDLED package contains our in-depth Market Analysis of the Injection Molding segment. You will gain keen insight on current trends and our economic outlook.

As a BONUS this includes PN's updated 2014 database of North American Injection Molders RANKED by sales volume. Sort, merge, mail & prospect by end market, materials processed, region, # of plants and more.

Learn more

Plastics Caps & Closures Market Report

The annual recap of top trends and future outlook for the plastics caps & closures market features interviews with industry thought leaders and Bill Wood’s economic forecast of trends in growing end markets. You will also gain insight on trends in caps design, materials, machinery, molds & tooling and reviews of mergers & acquisitions.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

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

September 15, 2015 - September 17, 2015Plastics Caps & Closures - September 2015

More Events