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China's PHA Industry Enters New Stage of Development(20130613)

China's PHA Industry Enters New Stage of Development(20130613)

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China's PHA industry enters new stage of development
Metabolix will distribute GreenBio's SoGreen™ heat shrink film in European and
 American markets, indicating that China's PHA industry enters a new stage of development.
PHA, Metabolix, sustainable, biodegradable PHA plastics, plastics, PHB, PP, PEMetabolix, a bioscience company focused on delivering sustainable solutions for plastics,chemicals and energy, announced on March 26, 2013 that it has signed a distributionagreement with Tianjin GreenBio Materials Co., Ltd. (GreenBio). Under the terms of the
agreement, Metabolix will distribute GreenBio's SoGreen™ heat shrink film in Europe and will
be the exclusive distributor in America. In addition, they have also signed a supply agreementfor PHA biopolymers, according toCCM
s latest monthly report,Biomaterials China News issued in June. According to Bob Engle, the vice president of the business & commerce department of Metabolix, the distribution and PHA supply agreements will extend the range and availability of Metabolix's PHA products. Lu Weichuan, chairman and chief executive officer of GreenBio,said that working with Metabolix can gain greater exposure for GreenBio's products in Americaand Europe. The cooperation between GreenBio and Metabolix will be an encouragement for the domestic PHA industry, indicating that China's PHA industry enters a new stage of development. Actually, China is a leader in the research and commercial production of PHA in the world. According to the secretary general of Shenzhen Plastics Industry Association, PHA is ageneral name of polyhydroxyalkanoates materials, and there have been four generations for industrial PHA products at present. A representative product of the first generation is PHBhomopolymer, and the brittleness limits the large-scale use of this product. In order to improvethe processing ability of PHA, other generations of PHA have been developed, such as PHBV,PHBHHX and P34HB. At present, domestic major institutes involved in the development of PHA include TsinghuaUniversity, Institute of Microbiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), ChangchunInstitute of Applied Chemistry, CAS, and Shantou University. The major companies engaged inindustrial production of PHA include GreenBio, TianAn Biologic Materials Co., Ltd. (TianAnBio), Shandong Ecomann Technology Co., Ltd. (Ecomann) and Shandong LukangPharmaceutical Co., Ltd. (Lukang Pharmaceutical). These institutes and companies havecooperated with each other in recent years to achieve significant improvement in the PHAindustry. The above-mentioned companies have put several production lines into operation,but currently they are cautious toward the PHA capacity expansion.It's believed that three factors may prompt the biodegradable PHA plastics to be graduallyaccepted by consumers. Firstly, the production cost of PHA plastics is close to that of petroleum-based plastics. Generally, the cost of bio-degradable plastics is several times higher 
than that of general plastics, but now the technological improvement helps cut the cost of bio-degradable plastics. Secondly, the properties of some PHA plastics are similar to those of the general PP and PE, such as Ecomann's P34HB plastics. Besides, there are more than 150kinds of PHA monomers which can be used to produce various kinds of plastics, meetingspecial demands for elasticity and plasticity, so the application scope of PHA plastics is nearlyas wide as that of general plastics. Thirdly, the people's awareness of environmental protectionimproves, helping increase domestic demand for biodegradable materials, such as agriculturalfilm which can be degradable in the soil. It's reported that Ecomann's PHA agricultural film andpesticide packaging have been promoted in Jining, Shandong Province with the help of localgovernment in the first half of 2013.PHA is mainly used to produce tableware, lunch box, pharmaceutical packaging andagricultural film. Currently, domestic consumption volume of PHA is about 3,000t/a, whiledomestic PHA capacity is about 22,000t/a. In this context, the cooperation between domesticPHA producers and foreign companies will help promote the large-scale application of PHAproducts and accelerate the development of the domestic PHA industry.
Table of Contents of  Biomaterials China News 1306: 
China's PHA industry enters new stage of development A breakthrough in China's bamboo fiber industry in May 2013China's PAM industry faces disorder competition in 2012Latest development of China's PLA industry in 2013YFY Yangzhou's straw-based paper passes biodegradation test Arkema successfully launches bio-based nylon 1010Sichuan Vinylon launches PVA derivativesThe first phase of Jinhui Groups's PBS program enters pilot productionChina's natural rubber price decreases sharply since Feb. 2013Castor oil price may remain low in the next three monthsChina's import volume of fresh cassava decreases sharply in April 2013China's PLA foreign trade improves in April 2013 A bio-based materials lab founded in QingdaoJunxiu Biotech develops biodegradable artificial nerve materialCHINAPLAS 2013 held in Guangzhou from May 20 to May 23Hainan and Guangdong jointly establish Bio-plastics Industry AllianceMyriant achieves commercial production of bio-based succinic acid
Biomaterials China News 
, with 12 to 14 topics in one issue, published by CCM on 8
everymonth, will bring you the latest information on the market dynamics, company dynamics, newbiomaterials products, new biomaterials technology development, new legislations as well aspolicies and raw material supply dynamics, which are shaping the significant marketintelligence of the industry.
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