US degradable-plastics demand up 16.6% a year to 2014
The degradable plastic industry has been on the verge of commercial success for decades. However, demand growth was limited because most degradable plastics were too expensive, were unavailable in large enough quantities or had performance drawbacks that limited them to niche markets. Today, interest in environmentally friendly products is high, and the availability of biodegradable plastics has increased significantly due to expansions by key producers. These positive trends are expected to drive US demand for degradable plastics up 16.6% annually to 325 million lbs in 2014, valued at $380 million.
Polylactic acid (PLA) and starch-based plastics currently dominate the market and both products are expected to see strong growth. PLA will register the faster gains, over 20% a year through 2014, due to increased availability, greater processor familiarity and performance enhancements that will expand potential applications. Opportunities for starch-based resins are expected in compostable yard and kitchen bags, foodservice disposables and various types of packaging. More info
Taghleef starts up biodegradable-film line at Italian plant
More than a month earlier than planned, Taghleef Industries has successfully started production of its new NATIVIA™ film from its plant in San Giorgio di Nogaro, Italy. Based on NatureWorks® PLA biopolymers, NATIVIA is made from 100% renewable resources. Biodegradable and compostable, the film complies with European Standard EN13432. The first shipments of NATIVIA will be made later this month. Brueckner was the main supplier for the new BoPLA line. More info
Iggesund raises prices on SBS, carton paperboards
The Swedish substrate provider will hike prices for both its solid bleached board, Invercote, and the folding-boxboard range, Incada. Prices will rise €100 per metric ton in European markets and £100 in the UK for all deliveries from Oct. 18. The change will also affect all plastic-coated and laminated Invercote and Incada products.