February 9, 2011

 BASF flexes its Eco muscles

After its acquisition of Cognis (which specializes in natural-based specialty chems), BASF seems to be announcing a lot more renewable-based chemistry investments this past two months - first with the startup of its Ecoflex biodegradable plastic plant in Germany, and now a license deal with biodegradable plastic producer Metabolix.

According to a February 4 press release, BASF received a license from Metabolix under U.S. Patent No. 5,883,199, titled “Polylactic Acid-Based Blends,” to produce and market PLA and PBAT (a biodegradable poly-butylene adipate-co-terephthalate) co-polyester compounds under the BASF trade name Ecovio®.

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