Ucan picks Mvera for itchen compost bags
BOSTON — Ucan Products LLC, which makes kitchen compost bins, has picked Mirel bioplastics for its new line of 3-gallon bags.
Menlo Park, Calif.-based Ucan is the first distributor to offer Mirel-based compost bags for consumer purchase, according to Telles, the joint venture between Metabolix Inc. and Archer Daniels Midland Co.
Telles of Lowell, Mass., supplies its Mvera B5002 material — a blend of Mirel and BASF SE's Ecoflex biodegradable aliphatic aromatic copolyester — to Lakeside Plastics Ltd. in Salmon Arm, British Columbia. Lakeside makes the blown film, converts it into bags and does the printing. Ucan sells the bags.
Homeowners separate out the food waste into the bags. The blended-material bags biodegrade in industrial composting facilities, not backyard compost bins, Telles marketing director Debra Darby said at Antec, held May 1-5 in Boston.
Mainly the Pacific Northwest offers curbside pickup for industrial composting, but the practice is spreading, including to Minnesota and St. Louis, she said.
“You would have one of those small, composting bins which Ucan makes, with a new modular look for your kitchen countertop. It's sleek and attractive,” Darby said. “So mom, or whoever, would just scrape plates into this bag. You tie a knot into it and you put it into your cart.
“Then once a week you put your cart out to the curbside and the organic waste hauler comes and picks up your waste and takes it to the industrial composting facility,” she said.
Meanwhile, Telles is working on an all-Mirel bag that would degrade in a home compost pile, said Frank Popola, Telles manufacturing and development director.
Metabolix in Cambridge, Mass., has received a $6 million grant from the Department of Energy as part of President Obama's $42 million research and development fund to support production of biofuels, bioenergy and high-value bio-based products.
Erema adding space, people at Mass. site
IPSWICH, MASS. — Erema North America is adding 2,500 square feet to its Ipswich facility, along with two new customer-service and support workers.
“We had 10,500 square feet and just outgrew it,” CEO Tim Hanrahan said by phone.
The new space will be used for offices and spare-parts storage. The Ipswich-based company specializes in plastics recycling systems and currently employs 14.
More than 400 Erema systems have been installed in North America, Hanrahan said. The company has a technical response team and a large inventory of spare parts.
About 75 percent of part orders are shipped the same day from Massachusetts, Erema said.
Erema's Austrian parent, Erema Engineering Recycling Maschinen und Anlagen GmbH, recently added a testing center at its Ansfelden headquarters.
US PVC plant on way to Vivanta in India
NEW DELHI — Vivanta Enterprises Ltd., a New Delhi-based manufacturer and importer of chemicals, is setting up a plant to make suspension PVC in western India.
The plant is near Udaipur, about 100 miles from the seaport of Kandla, said Managing Director Dharam Goel.
Vivanta is spending about $25 million to buy, move and set up a former Georgia Gulf Corp. plant in Oklahoma City that uses Ineos technology. Total cost for that is almost one-fourth of the cost of a new plant in India, Goel said.
“These types of plants are not available in India,” he said.
The project is under way and the plant is likely to be operational by mid-2012.
“It [will take] almost 10 months getting the plant dismantled, shipped, installed and operational in India,” Goel said.
Vivanta is a major Indian importer of synthetic rubber and polymers. The trading group launched its own production after setting up a factory in Delhi to process polyethylene wax, compound polypropylene and reprocess rubber and polymers.
The company claims there is a large demand-supply gap for PVC in India, which imports about 2.2 billion pounds of the resin annually.