Plastics Technology

NOV 2018

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Danimer Plans Commercial Production of PHA Bioplastic Bioplastics manufacturer Danimer Scientific, formerly MHG (Meredian Hold- ings Group), Bainbridge, Ga., announced plans to purchase and convert an 88,000-ft 2 building in Winchester, Ky., into a fermentation plant to produce its proprietary Nodax PHA biopolymer. Nodax PHA can be used to manufac- ture biodegradable plastic products, including drink- ing straws, food packaging, cups, bottles, shopping bags, plates, trash bags, and labels. The material is compostable, 100% biobased, and biodegradable in anaerobic, soil, freshwater, and marine environments. Company leaders aim to start operations in the fourth quarter of 2019. Nodax PHA begins with fermenta- tion of canola oil by soil bacteria, which convert it into PHA, which is then processed into a powder form. The powder will be transported to the compa- ny's Bainbridge facility and combined with other biopolymers to manufacture biodegradable plastic resins. According to Danimer Scientific CEO Stephen Croskrey, this facility will be the world's first PHA commercial production plant. 229-243-7075 • Renewlogy (formerly PK Clean) converts plastic waste into fuel products. The system can produce fuels such as diesel, as well as materials that serve as the building blocks to make new plastics. CEO Priyanka Bakaya founded the company at MIT in 2011. Renewlogy has made the process more economically viable than others in the plastics-to-oil market, Bakaya says. One way is through its continuous, automated approach versus a batch process. Batch requires cooldown and reheating steps, while the continu- ous process main- tains a consistent temperature. The automated approach also can reduce labor costs. The company's demonstration facility in Salt Lake City is the first chem- ical recycling plant in the U.S. designed to operate continuously at commercial scale. Renewlogy reportedly can accept mixed and dirty plastic feedstock and produces low-sulfur fuel with zero toxic emissions. The company plans to build Renewlogy systems at recycling opera- tions across the country. A new facility is under construction in Nova Scotia. And Renewlogy was recently awarded a grant from the Arizona Commerce Authority toward setting up a facility in Phoenix. The company plans to invest the grant in starting operations at a Phoenix facility that already processes waste. Because Renewlogy's facilities are modular and have a small footprint, they can be co-located at plastic waste sites. "We're working on a number of facilities that will be deployed over the next couple of years," Bakaya says. Renewlogy is also getting involved in helping with the ocean plastics crisis. Its solution is a small, mobile version of its large chemical recycling system that is powered by solar energy. It would target ocean- bound plastics in developing countries and create incentives for local waste pickers to collect scrap plastics that otherwise have low value. Renewlogy has partnered with the nonprofit Plas- tic Ocean Project, which has been using Renewlogy's conversion unit for converting marine plastic waste into fuel over the past few years. "Once plastics are collected from the ocean, they are very difficult to recycle," Bakaya says. "We developed our technol- ogy to find a solution for hard-to-recycle plastics, and it's incredible to be able to convert these microplastics from the ocean into a clean fuel." The firm is roll- ing out its Renewlogy Oceans initiative in major rivers across the world, starting with the Ganges River in India next year. Ultra-Lightweight PET Refill Containers Developed for E-Commerce Channels Dromo is a new PET bottle system designed specifically for liquid or semi-viscous prod- ucts sold through e-commerce channels. It is being launched by PTI, Holland, Ohio, for household chemicals, personal-care prod- ucts, and many others. The bottle refills are designed to be inserted into a rigid, reusable dispenser, of which PTI has engi- neered several types to address different brand preferences. Dromo bottles can be up to 75% lighter than free-standing PET bottles designed for the retail shelf. The 16-oz PET refill weighs less than 10 g but has passed burst tests of up to 173 psi and drop tests on both base and sides of 6 ft. Opposing flat side panels provide sidewall strength and facilitate stacking prior to shrink wrapping into optional double packs. Bottles can be sealed with a standard threaded closure or a foil seal. They can be made of virgin or up to 100% recycled PET. 419-725-5613 • Arkema Launches 3D Printing R&D Center Arkema, King of Prussia, Pa., recently opened its new 3D Printing Center of Excellence at its Sartomer facility in Exton, Pa. Sartomer has designed engineered resins for UV-curable addi- tive manufacturing, marketed under its N3xtDimension brand. These photocur- able 3D printing materials yield prod- ucts with thermoplastic-like mechanical properties for a range of applications. In the new lab, Sartomer and its partners aim to further develop 3D printing resins. The new center houses UV-based technologies such as stereo- lithography, digital light processing, and multi jet printing. 800-523-1532 • Renewlogy Converting Landfill-Bound Plastics to Fuel 8 NOVEMBER 2018 Plastics Technology T E C H N O L O G Y A N D I N D U S T R Y N E W S St ar t ing Up

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