Zhejiang Hisun Biomaterials to increase polyactic acid capacity 5X; switch to cassava mooted

January 16, 2012 |

In China, Zhejiang Hisun Biomaterials plans on expanding their polylactic acid capacity 10 fold from 5,000t/year to 50,000t/year by 2013.  Additionally, Zhejiang Hisun is looking at the use of cassava, rather than corn.

This possible shift in feedstock reflects both the Chinese government’s suggestion that feedstock not compete with food, but according to the article reflects that in November 2011, corn costs US$354/t versus cassava at US$78/t.

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