Corbion to expand lactic acid production capacity in North America
Recently, Corbion announced that it is planning to expand its lactic acid capacity at its manufacturing facility in Blair, Nebraska by around 40%. Lactic acid can be used for the production of polylactic acid (PLA). The demand for PLA on the markets remains high, and the industry is putting great efforts into an expansion of its production capacities to meet the demand. Last year, several EUBP members that produce the actual PLA announced an extension of their production capacities.
Novamont acquires the Norwegian BioBag Group
Novamont recently announced that it had acquired BioBag Group, a Norway based leading supplier of low-impact solutions for waste collection and packaging. The acquisition will allow Novamont to benefit from BioBag’s highly specialised independent distribution in areas where the Italian company is less present. The two companies will be able to offer a more complete solution set to the market and to create long-lasting alliances with key stakeholders such as large retailers and communities.
Aimplas develops bio-based solutions for health sector
The Technological Institute of Plastics, Aimplas, has launched the MOBACT Project with funding from AVI, the Valencian Innovation Agency. The project is being implemented by a consortium made up of Aimplas, the Institute of Materials Technology of the Universitat Politècnica de València, the companies Lamberti and Industrias Tayg, and the La Fe Hospital Health Research Institute. It aims at developing a technology capable of curtailing colonization of microorganisms on healthcare surfaces near patients as a means of reducing up to one-third of the burden of these diseases, which represent a health risk that calls for considerable public spending.