Natureworks PLA plant in SEA further delayed ?

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PTT targets world’s first bio-PBS plant

Published: 26/06/2013 at 12:00 AM

Newspaper section: Business

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The energy giant PTT Plc is targeting the second quarter of 2015 for the start of operations at its bio-polybutylene succinate (PBS) factory, the first of its kind in the world.

Sukrit Surabotsopon, the senior executive vice-president for petrochemicals and refining, said the 2.5-billion-baht plant for bio-PBS, a

type of biodegradable plastic, recently began construction. Annual output will be 20,000 tonnes. Bio-PBS, whose applications are

used in industries such as automobiles and textiles, is touted to be 100% degradable in 180 days thanks to a microorganism that

turns it into carbon dioxide, soil and water. The facility is located on 1,500 rai in Map Ta Phut’s Asia Industrial Estate, said Mr Sukrit.

”This will be the first biodegradable PBS plant in the world, as all other PBS manufacturing facilities are petroleum-based,” said Mr

Sukrit. The factory will be operated by PTT MCC Biochem Co, a 50:50 joint venture between PTT and Japan’s Mitsubishi Chemical

Corporation. The company has started talking with sugar producers about supplying the commodity. It has concluded talks in

supplying half the annual output to Japanese trader firms in the form of offtake contracts. The balance of the production will go to the

domestic market.

PTT has also conducting a feasibility study with NatureWorks LLC for the development of polylactic acid (PLA),

another type of biodegradable plastic. ”We have to wait for global demand for PLA to grow. With oil prices not very high right now,

demand for bioplastics won’t increase substantially,” said Mr Sukrit. US-based NatureWorks wants a second PLA plant outside its


The company will introduce Thailand’s first popcorn containers made of biodegradable material by joining hands with Major

Cineplex Group Plc. Shares of PTT closed yesterday on the Stock Exchange of Thailand at 330 baht, up four baht, in heavy trade

worth 1.8 billion baht.


New Summer School of SInnovation-GIZ in Bonn/Germany




20. – 23.08.2013 ( 



All over the world, companies are increasingly measuring their business success not only in terms of growth figures but also based on whether this success is underpinned by the principles of sustainability. Many businesses have realised that economic success and environmental and social principles are not necessarily mutually exclusive, and that in many cases they can gain a competitive advantage by taking a more responsible approach. Sustainability is now anchored in corporate guidelines and in vision and mission statements, but its importance is also reflected in ‘hard’ facts and figures such as key performance indicators relating to market share and growth rates. A sustainable approach can also be a significant criterion for opening up new markets. Companies, be they small, medium-sized or international enterprises, are increasingly adopting sustainability as a guiding principle and recognising it as an attribute of responsible corporate management.

Despite this, linking business success with long-term sustainable environmental and social standards can still represent a considerable challenge.


GIZ is a globally aligned, networked enterprise working in the field of international cooperation. Following in the footsteps of its predecessor organisations, it is profoundly committed to implementing sustainability. When GIZ was founded, international cooperation for sustainable development was explicitly placed at the heart of its corporate purpose. In line with its corporate principles, GIZ carries out programmes all over the world that aim to be socially equitable, environmentally sound and climate friendly. Resources are used in such a way that future generations can also benefit from them, and business activities within these programmes are conducted in a manner that combines sustainability and corporate responsibility. The principles of responsible business are at the heart of GIZ’s advisory approach. In the 130 countries in which GIZ is active, an intensive dialogue is taking place with private-sector businesses. GIZ is frequently asked to draw on its many years of experience, its expertise in capacity development and its global networks to develop platforms which qualified young international managers and professionals can use to exchange their views and experiences. These platforms provide users with the opportunity to draw up interactive and inter-disciplinary strategies and solutions in relation to business development case studies. In this work, sustainability forms an integral part of business strategy and is seen as crucial to business success.


In 2012, GIZ held the first Bonn International Summer School on Responsible Business in conjunction with its cooperation partner Ernst & Young, which was very well received by participants. The summer school’s working groups were made up of qualified participants with basic management experience from German and international private-sector companies. This enabled the active promotion of mutual learning; one of the school’s main strengths.

A methodical approach to problem solving 

“Design Thinking” offers: 

 The school follows the ‘design thinking’ approach, which is user-focused, allows for multi-disciplinary teams and fosters a unique working culture and an iterative learning process.

 It also ensures small groups and intensive support by highly trained team coaches.


Participants are supported in their work by experienced coaches from the prestigious Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI) in Potsdam. All coaches are experienced in the successful implementation of innovative projects, having worked for industrial partners such as SAP, Mars, Postbank and Siemens.


Planned speakers:

John G. Ruggie, Berthold Beitz Professor, Harvard Kennedy School (Cambridge, USA) 

Phil Clothier, CEO, Barrett Values Centre (Ashville, USA) 

Peter Bakker, President, World Business Council for Sustainable Development WBCSD (Geneva, Ch) 

John Elkington, Founding Partner & Executive Chairman, Volans (London, UK) 



Participant Contribution: EUR 3,000 per participant 

Applications should be made using the attached application form.



 work in the private sector

 are between 25 and 35 years old

 have basic management experience

 are fluent in English

 are deeply interested in reconciling sustainability with business success

 Female participants are particularly welcome



Jakob Steinhagen 

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Project Manager

Bonn International Summer School on Responsible Business 

Regional Office West

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Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 40

53113 Bonn


T + 49 228 4460 1460

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Afternoon: Arrival of Summer School participants

Evening: Welcome

Introduction to Bonn International Summer School on Responsible Business 

Keynote Speech: Phil Clothier, CEO, Barrett Values Centre (Ashville, USA), on “Mindset & Cultural Change”

Afterwards: Reception


Morning: Introduction to „Design Thinking“

Keynote Speech: John Ruggie, Berthold Beitz Professor, Harvard Kennedy School (Cambridge, USA), on „Business and Human Rights“

Afterwards: Industry workshops

Afternoon: Industry workshops

Evening: Reception

Keynote Speech: John Elkington, Founding Partner & Executive Chairman, Volans (London, UK)

Plenary Discussion

 Tanja Gönner, Chair of the Management Board, GIZ

 Johannes Baratta, CEO, Credit Suisse Deutschland

 Marga Edens, Corporate Responsibility Director, RWE AG, Germany

 John Elkington, Founding Partner & Executive Chairman, Volans (London, UK)


Afterwards : Get together


Morning: Industry workshops

Afternoon: Industry workshops

Evening: Reflection on workshops

Afterwards: Dinner


Morning: Opening of CEO-Day

 Dr. Christoph Beier, Vice-Chair of the Management Board, GIZ

 Roger Amhof, Senior Partner, E&Y


Afterwards: Industry workshops

Afternoon: Panel discussion

 Roger Amhof (E&Y)

 Peter Bakker, President, World Business Council for Sustainable Development WBCSD (Geneva, Ch)

 Dr. Karl-Friedrich Rausch (DB Mobility Services/ DB Schenker)


Afterwards: Event Closing with BBQ

BASF plans production of butanediol from renewable feedstock using Genomatica technology

BASF plans production of butanediol from renewable feedstock using Genomatica technology

Licensing the patented production process from Genomatica
Targeting large scale commercial production of renewable butanediol
Further enhancing BASF’s portfolio with a renewable-based product

Ludwigshafen, Germany and San Diego, California – May 10, 2013 – BASF plans to begin production of 1,4-butanediol based on renewable feedstock (renewable BDO) using the patented process of Genomatica, San Diego, California. The one-step fermentation process is based on sugars as a renewable feedstock. The companies have agreed not to disclose financial details of the agreement.

The license agreement allows BASF to build a world-scale production facility that will use the Genomatica process to manufacture BDO based on renewable feedstock. Under the terms of the agreement, Genomatica will continue to advance its patented renewable BDO production process technology based on sugars while BASF will produce renewable BDO, which will be available in the second half of 2013 for sampling and trials.

“We chose the Genomatica process because we consider it to be exceptionally advanced and reliable,” said Sanjeev Gandhi, President of BASF Intermediates division, and added: “In line with our ‘We create chemistry’ strategy, we aim to offer renewable BDO and create additional value for our customers, in the plastics, textile and automotive industries.”

“We are pleased to cooperate with BASF, the leading global BDO manufacturer with a worldwide manufacturing and sales network and many years of market experience,” said Christophe Schilling, Chief Executive Officer of Genomatica, and continued: “This agreement highlights Genomatica’s commitment to delivering innovative process technologies to the global chemical industry.”

BDO and its derivatives are widely used for producing plastics, solvents, electronic chemicals and elastic fibers. The starting materials for the production of conventional BDO are natural gas, butane, butadiene and propylene. BASF currently produces BDO and BDO-equivalents at its sites in Ludwigshafen, Germany; Geismar, Louisiana; Chiba, Japan; Kuantan, Malaysia; and Caojing, China, and has an annual capacity of 535,000 metric tons. BASF has recently announced the intention of building a BDO complex in China with a capacity of 100,000 annual metric tons.

About Genomatica
Genomatica is a technology leader for the chemical industry. It delivers new manufacturing processes that enable its partners to produce intermediate and basic chemicals from renewable feedstocks. These chemicals serve as the basis for making substantially all of the products that make modern life possible. Genomatica is developing a pipeline of manufacturing processes for the production of these chemicals, including BDO and butadiene, as well as other targets.

About BASF
BASF is the world’s leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products and crop protection products to oil and gas. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. Through science and innovation, we enable our customers in nearly every industry to meet the current and future needs of society. Our products and solutions contribute to conserving resources, ensuring nutrition and improving quality of life. We have summed up this contribution in our corporate purpose: We create chemistry for a sustainable future. BASF had sales of €72.1 billion in 2012 and more than 110,000 employees as of the end of the year. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA) and Zurich (AN). Further information on BASF is available on the Internet at

About BASF Intermediates
The BASF Group’s Intermediates division develops, produces and markets a comprehensive portfolio of more than 600 intermediates around the world. The most important of the division’s product groups include amines, diols, polyalcohols, acids and specialties. Among other applications, intermediates are used as starting materials for coatings, plastics, pharmaceuticals, textile fibers, detergents and crop protectants. Innovative intermediates from BASF help to improve the properties of final products and the efficiency of production processes. The ISO 9001 certified Intermediates division operates plants at production sites in Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Around the globe the division generated sales to third parties of about €2.9 billion in 2012. For more information, go to


Trade media:
Klaus-Peter Rieser
Communications Intermediates Division
Phone: +49 621 60 9 51 38

Ilene Adler

415.984.1970 x0102 phone

Great news for bio-based resins

Reposted from GreenChemicals Blog

Great news for bio-based resins !

Toyota Tsusho’s bio-PET in bottled water


The blog hopes that readers have been following our live tweets coming from #APIC13 (Asia Petrochemical Industry Conference). According to Mitsubishi Chemical, it is planning to expand capacity for its isosorbide polymer DURABIO from the current 5,000 tonnes/year to 16,000 tonnes/year by 2014.

Mitsubishi Chemical also noted that its biodegradable polymer polybutylene succinate (PBS) project under the PTT MCC Biochem joint venture is in progress and that their 20,000 tonnes/year bio-based PBS plant being built in Thailand is expected to be completed by the first half of 2015 (as opposed to the original plan to start by 2014).

Mitsubishi Chemical said its R&D for producing 100% PBS is in progress via its partnership with BioAmber, which supplies the biobased succinic acid, and Genomatica, which supplies the bio-based 1,4 butanediol (BDO).

Now back to our headline, Japan-based plastic producer Toyota Tsusho recently announced that it is expanding the use of its bio-based PET (polyethylene terephthalate) resins marketed under the brand GLOBIO in bottled mineral water packaging.

Toyota Tsusho said the bottled mineral water using its bio-PET will be marketed by Japan-based Suntory Beverage & Food Limited starting this month.

As like the other current bio-PET resins commercially used, the resin is made from sugarcane-based monoethylene glycol (MEG) and petroleum-based purified terephthalic acid (PTA). Greencol Taiwan, a joint venture between Toyota Tsusho and China Man-Made Fiber, produces the bio-MEG  using imported sugarcane-based ethanol at its 75,000 tonnes/year facility in Kaohsiung.

According to an ICIS news report (subscription), Greencol Taiwan currently maintains a 67% operating rate at the plant producing 7,000-7,500 tonnes/month of bio-MEG and 700-750 tonnes/month of bio-diethylene glycol. Greencol also processes the sugarcane ethanol at its new 100,000 tonnes/year bio-ethylene plant at the site, which the company started trial runs in May last year, according to ICIS.

Another interesting information on the article is that the bio-MEG products were said to have 30-50% premium over naphtha-based MEG prices. That’s pretty steep! Greencol Taiwan also reportedly produces 40,000-45,000 tonnes/year of bio-ethylene oxide.

According to Toyota Tshusho, the GLOBIO bio-PET brand is sold and produced in collaboration with Lotte Chemical, an affiliate of Korea-based Lotte Group. Lotte Chemical enabled Toyota Tshusho to secure a stable supply system for the bio-PET plastics.

Toyota Tsusho estimated global adoption of bio-PET to expand by more than 3m tons by 2015. The company estimated annual global demand for petroleum-based PET plastics currently at 60m tons.

In October last year, Toyota Tsusho signed a deal with US-based Clear Lam Packaging for the use of its GLOBIO bio-PET in sheet extrusions sold to consumer packaged goods companies and manufacturers of industrial goods. Toyota Tsusho’s parent company, Toyota Motor Corporation is also using bio-MEG in polyester textiles that are used in the interiors of its luxury vehicle Lexus.

Toyota Tsusho said it is also marketing biobased polyethylene (PE) plastics manufactured by Brazil-based Braskem.

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