Czech plant to make bioplastic compounds

Bioplastics maker DaniMer Scientific LLC has struck a deal that allows Standridge Color Corp. to produce DaniMer’s materials at a plant in theCzech Republic.

Social Circle, Ga.-based Standridge began producing compounds based on a DaniMer bioplastic at its Czech plant earlier this year, DaniMer President S. Blake Lindsey said in a June 6 phone interview.

Lindsey declined to confirm which bioplastic Standridge is using, but he said it was not PHA made by DaniMer’s sister firm, Meredian Inc.

Standridge and Bainbridge, Ga.-based DaniMer had worked together for several years on bioplastic development projects. Standridge operates several plants in theU.S., in addition to plants inChinaand theCzechRepublic, and ranks as one ofNorth America’s 30 largest compounders and concentrate makers.

Meredian is on track to open a 30 million pound-per-year capacity PHA plant in Bainbridge by the end of the year. The firm currently employs 30 and will add 20 more positions by the end of the year, Lindsey said. Meredian has long-range plans to open a 200 million pound-capacity PHA plant at the same site.

Earlier this year, DaniMer reached an agreement with Quincy, Mass.-based Myriant Corp. to develop bio-based polymers from Myriant’s biosuccinic acid. In 2011, DaniMer commercialized hot-melt adhesives based on its PHA materials.

DaniMer announced on June 7 that it was commercializing a new bio-based label adhesive using technology from Myriant and DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products. The adhesive will simplify challenges caused by labels during PET container recycling, officials said.

Lindsey and business partner Daniel Carraway co-own both DaniMer and Meredian along with several other investors. The group in 2007 purchased technology from Procter & Gamble Co. That uses plant-based fatty acids – instead of sugars – to make PHA through fermentation.

Meredian has identified flexible films, coatings, fiber applications, injection molded parts and thermoformed packaging as potential areas for PHA use.

Source: plasticsnews

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