Metabolix plans biodegradable natural plastic plant
Metabolix Inc. announced that permits have been received for a commercial manufacturing facility designed to produce 110 million pounds of biodegradable Natural Plastic annually.
The facility is being constructed as part of a joint venture agreement with Archer Daniels Midland Company.
Metabolix Natural Plastics can be used as an alternative to petrochemical plastics in a wide variety of applications, including coated paper, film or bags, and thermoformed and molded goods.
The manufacturing facility will be located adjacent to ADM’s corn wet mill in Clinton, Iowa.
The plant will utilize starch from the mill’s existing corn grind capacity as raw material for Natural Plastic production, and is designed to initially produce 110 million pounds annually. ADM and Metabolix are working together in a strategic alliance to commercialize Metabolix’s Natural Plastic technology.
Commercial production of Natural Plastic is expected to begin in 2008.