04 Aug '11, 6pm

Dow Sugarcane Venture to Make Competitively-Priced Bioplastic

Dow Sugarcane Venture to Make Competitively-Priced Bioplastic

Dow Chemical Company aims to make biomass a larger part of its raw material mix with plans for the world's biggest bioplastic production facility. Building off of current operations in Brazil, Dow will operate the plant as a joint venture with Japanese conglomerate Mitsui & Co. to make plastic from sugarcane. The venture will initially produce ethanol from sugarcane -- Brazil is the second biggest ethanol producer in the world -- and after the completion of additional facilities, use that to make biopolymers. Production will focus on polyethylene, the most commonly-used plastic, targeted for use in high-performance flexible packaging and medical equipment. "The flexible packaging market is currently booming, not only in Brazil but throughout Latin America," said Gina Gibbs Foster, associate communications director at Dow. "At the same time, consumers are increasingly turni...

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