More renewable sourced plastic resins are coming. Cereplast, announced that it expects to produce and ship approximately 16 million pounds of compounds this year, a 400 percent increase compared to 2009.
Cereplast produces thermoplastic starch compounds and buys polylactic acid from NatureWorks and produces custom compounds in a recently opened plant in Indiana with a capacity of 80 million lbs/yr.
Cereplast recently entered into new global distribution agreements with a number of companies, Ashland Distribution and Bunge Alimentaris, a Brazilian subsidiary of Bunge Limited. These distribution agreements are a contributing factor to the rise in shipment estimates.
Dow Chemical and several other companies have launched a program in Omaha, Neb. to divert about 36 tons of plastics from landfills in its first phase, and convert it into energy used for cement production.
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Some next-generation bio-based materials are superior in performance to their petro-based counterparts, but also face some commercial challenges. This is especially true of certain biopolymers, adhesives, coatings, and advanced materials.
Cars and other vehicles, as well as electronics and medical devices, continue to lead the use cases for the new plastics products we've been seeing, as engineers design products for tougher environments.
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