Following are headline news of the latest issue of Biomaterials China News:
In Oct. 2013, China's import and export volumes of PLA were approximately 536.3 tonnes and 71.4 tonnes respectively. The import volume decreased, while the export volume increased compared to Sept. 2013.
China's PVA market remains depressed in 2013.
In Oct. 2013, China imported 22,679.6 tonnes of castor oil and its derivatives, with an average import price of USD1,233/t. The import volume increased while the import price recorded monthly declines from Sept. 2013.
China's import volume of fresh cassava and dry cassava reached 12,657.2 tonnes and 422,976.4 tonnes respectively in Oct. 2013.
On Nov. 28, 2013, a plant that will manufacture 100% biodegradable plastic with a capacity of 1,800t/a was put into operation in Haikou City, Hainan Province. The plant is part of the first phase in a program that will produce 100% biodegradable plastic, which is expected to solve the problem of Hainan Province's "white pollution".
In Nov. 2013, Jiangsu Jinhe signed a framework agreement worth USD325.4 million with the Chenghai District Government, Shantou City, Guangdong Province, to provide its straw-based plastic to the latter for the production of plastic toys that will be exported to Europe.
On Nov. 15, 2013, Kingfa Sci & Tech Co., Ltd.'s program, the Research, Development and Industrialization of Completely Biodegradable High-performance Packaging Material was approved by the Science and Information Technology Bureau of Luogang District, Guangzhou City.
On Nov. 18, 2013, M&G Chemicals announced that it will build a second-generation bio-refinery plant for the production of bio-based ethylene glycol in cooperation with Anhui Guozhen Group Co., Ltd. in Fuyang City, Anhui Province.
China's environmentally friendly tableware industry was negatively affected in 2013, since the NDRC decided to lift the ban on the disposable foam tableware from May 1, 2013.
The world's leading polyamide (PA) enterprises actively developed their biological PA products in 2013.
In 2013, China's biological succinic acid (SA) industry has achieved some progress, with enterprises entering this industry or having produced biological SA products that successfully meet the producer's requirements.
Domestic castor oil price has decreased continuously since May 2013, and is expected to continue the downtrend in Dec. 2013 and Jan. 2014.
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