BELLE, W.VA. (Sept. 26, 11:45 a.m. ET) — Kureha PGA LLC has opened a polyglycolic acid polymer plant with almost 9 million pounds of annual capacity in Belle.
Kuredux-brand PGA is used in food and beverage packaging, where it offers high strength, biodegradability and low gas permeability, according to the company. When used in carbonated soft drink bottles made from PET, the material reduces the amount of carbon dioxide that escapes, providing longer shelf life, while maintaining recyclability, officials with Charleston, W.Va.-based Kureha PGA said in a Sept. 26 news release.
The new plant employs 35 and is located on the site of a DuPont Co. facility that supplies Kureha PGA with the glycolic acid it needs to make Kuredux. The material also has been certified as a biodegradable plastic in the U.S., Europe and Japan.
Construction at the site began in early 2009, with commercial production commencing in August. Kureha PGA is a unit of Kureha America Inc., which is owned by Japanese plastics and specialty chemicals maker Kureha Corp.