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...
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