BASF starts up new plant for its biodegradable
will start up in early 2006 a new plant for the production of
its biodegradable plastic Ecoflex® at its Schwarzheide site
in Germany, thus almost doubling its capacity for this product.
The new plant will have a total capacity of 6,000 metric tons
a year, and complements the 8,000 metric ton plant in Ludwigshafen.
Ecoflex is a specialty plastic, which belongs to BASF’s
Styrene Plastics operating division.
“The world market for biodegradable
materials is developing very dynamically. With this signficant
increase in capacity, we are participating in this market growth,
and are securing the supply of material for our customers in the
future,” said Dietmar Heufel, head of Global Business Management
Ecoflex. Due to the recently passed amendment to the German packaging
ordinance, BASF expects activity in the domestic market to pick
Ecoflex, a biodegradable copolyester,
is employed nowadays primarily in blend formulations. These are
mixtures of renewable raw materials such as: starch, cellulose
or polylactic acid, together with a biodegradable, synthetic polymer
such as Ecoflex. Its areas of application include shopping bags,
bags for organic garbage, mulching film for agriculture and various
types of food packaging.