Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Plastic Ban Accelarates PHA Development in China

As people's environmental protection awareness is increasing, the plastic ban is estimated to be implemented gradually in Europe and in the US. It might offer more business opportunities for the Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA) manufacturers in China. CCM International’s December Issue of Industrial Biotechnology China News reports this story.

In November 2011, the City Council of Seattle in the US is considering a ban on single-use plastic bag which is harmful to marine wildlife and recycling machinery. Recently, under the new city law of Seattle, grocers would have to get rid of the thin plastic bags that are doled out at most check-out stands and they would be required to charge a five-cent fee for any paper bags used at checkouts.

In fact, international and domestic-related plastic limitation and the policies of plastic degradation encouragement have been launched at present. This provide a perfect chance for PHA. Since PHA has great performance in gas barrier property and it is great for producing plastic packaging, especially the fresh wrapping paper. Therefore, Chinese PHA manufacturers are optimistic about the future PHA market.

Mr. Zeng, a staffer from Shenzhen Ecomann Bio-technology Co., Ltd. (Shenzhen Ecomann) reveals that export of PHA in the company is increasing gradually as the national ban policies on plastic launched in Europe and in the US in 2008-2011. He emphasizes that the export business in Shenzhen Ecomann will maintain an increasing growth if the national policies launched in the near future.

Mr. Wang, manager of Tianjin Green Bioscience Co., Ltd. (Tianjin Green), explains that PHA products of Tianjin Green are also mainly exported to the US and Europe. He believes that demand of PHA products in the US and Europe will increase as the implementation of ban on plastic in the US and Europe.

According to the survey of CCM international, the output of PHA reached 709 tonnes in 2010 in China, and PHA manufacturers in China have a rapid growth in capacity from 7,035t/a in 2009 to 17,016t/a in 2011.

A more detailed story is reported in Industrial Biotechnology China News. If you need more information, please contact us at econtact@cnchemicals.com.

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