March 12, 2010

Metabolix starts bioplastic plant (Q&A)

I'm trying to tie up my bisphenol-A article today for ICIS Chemical Business' March 29 issue and hopefully will have more time to blog.

Before my bioplastic article will come out on March 22, here's an update from Metabolix about their bioplastic joint venture business, Telles, with Archer Daniels Midland (ADM). The company announced it has already started operations of its new 110 million lbs/year polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA)-based resins plant in Clinton, Iowa. Construction of this plant has been ongoing for four years and start-up has been constantly delayed since its first announcement in May 2008.

According to Metabolix, capacity utilization levels at Clinton are still expected to remain relatively low for the next few quarters but it is expected to increase as production processes are optimized and as demand increases through acquisition of new customers.

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