Biocomposites developer MCG Bio Composites LLC has struck a toll compounding deal with MGP Ingredients Inc. of Atchison, Kan.
MGP will produce biocomposites for MCG using corn cobs as a biomass filler at a compounding plant in Onaga, Kan. It will be the first commercial production of the material, which MCG developed in partnership with North Dakota State University.
Cedar Rapids, Iowa-based MCG is in negotiations with its first customer, a window and door supplier that will do a trial run using the material Oct. 1, MCG founder and CEO Sam McCord said by phone Sept. 14.
If the trial run is successful, the customer could be using 40,000 pounds per month of the material, he added. Other potential uses for the material include handles, low-pressure pipe, electronic cases and large parts for industrial and agriculture markets.
Ironically, MGP already produces a biopolymer of its own but its product is based on wheat and won't be a competitor to the MCG material. MGP is a 69-year-old firm best known for development and production of value-added, grain-based food ingredients and alcohol products as well as biopolymers for branded packaged goods.
MGP officials approached MCG after an MCG executive gave a presentation on the corn-based product at Iowa State University. MCG was founded in 2007 and, according to McCord, has spent the last three years trying to locate the right toll compounder for its materials.
The MCG/MGP deal also covers lab services, and McCord said the two firms will work together to develop new products.