Plant to produce biodegradable plastics from
Decatur, IL— Archer Daniels
Midland Company and Metabolix have selected Clinton, Iowa as the
location for the first commercial plant for PHA natural plastics.
This plant will have an initial annual capacity of 50,000 tons
per year and will produce a new generation of high-performance
natural plastics that are based on sustainable, renewable resources.
The PHA plant will be located
adjacent to ADM’s wet corn mill and will utilize starch
from the mill’s existing corn grind capacity as raw material.
Construction is expected to be
complete in mid 2008, subject to applicable governmental approvals.
PHA natural plastics are a broad
and versatile family of polymers that range in properties from
rigid to elastic. They can be converted into molded and thermoformed
goods, extruded coatings and film, blown film, fibers, adhesives
and many other products. They have excellent shelf life and resistance
to hot liquids, greases and oils, yet biodegrade in aquatic, marine
and soil environments and under anaerobic conditions such as found
in septic and municipal waste treatment plants. They can be both
hot and cold composted.