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Kaneka enhances its biodegradable plastic manufacturing capacity

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Kaneka Corporation (Headquarters: Tokyo) has determined to expand its manufacturing facility (Takasago Manufacturing Site) of biodegradable polymer (Kaneka Biodegradable Polymer PHBH™). The production capacity will be about 5,000 ton per year with an investment amount of 2.5 billion yen and will be operational in December 2019.

“Kaneka Biodegradable Polymer PHBH™,” which is a 100% plant-derived polymer with superior biodegradability, is now actively getting applied to fruits and vegetable bags or compost bags in Europe where the restrictions have been tightened to reduce disposable plastic bags. Furthermore, while microplastics pollution emerges as a global concern, PHBH is not only certified as biodegradable in seawater but also registered as “Food Contact Substance" from FDA in March this year. Kaneka expects an increase in demand for a broad application of PHBH such as to sea material or food package in the future.

Global demand for biodegradable plastic is predicted to be over a million ton in 2022 with huge market expansion. By the manufacturing capacity reinforcement of this time, Kaneka will establish a production facility which meets rapidly growing demands and at the same time develop further applications. For the next step, a feasibility study has started to consider a commercial plant to realize the full-scale business expansion.

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