MIDLAND, MICH. (Sept. 29, 3 p.m. ET) — A new plastic-and-paper joint venture is expected to create 30 jobs when it opens a plant in Midland next year.
Eco Bio Plastics Midland Inc. (EBP) plans to open its doors in summer 2012 after breaking ground later this year. The firm is a joint venture between the Michigan Molecular Institute (MMI) – a Midland-based non-profit polymer research firm – and ECO Research Institute, a Japanese company focused on making new materials from industrial waste paper.
At the new site, EBP will combine shredded paper with standard commodity plastics to create a plastic composite that can be used in products such as bowls and other food service items, officials said in a Sept. 27 news release. The shredded paper is ground down to micron size before being used as a filler.
“By using this process patented by [ECO Research], these cellulosic fibers (from paper) can be used to enhance the mechanical properties of a paper-plastic composite,” MMI technical representative Adrian Merrington said in the release.
The plant is expected to open with 10 million pounds of annual capacity.