In times of climate changes and rising crude oil prices, biodegradable polymers and bio-based plastics become more and more important. In particular with regard to the currently existing waste disposal problem.
However, the use of biodegradable materials is limited by higher prices, specific hygiene requirements and limited technological capacity.
The worldwide production of polymers (plastics) is continuously increasing. However in 2018 less than one percent of the the polymers were biodegredable. On the other hand, doubts about the use of single-use ‘throw-away’ plastic products are leading to a noticeable and rapid change in these figures. And the overall production and use of biodegradable polymers is predicted to rapidly increase.
To further drive this environmental trend and meet changing market requirements, EPC, as an experienced technology provider with extensive expertise in the polymer industry, has developed a technology for the production of biodegradable and completely decomposable plastics. This process enables our customers to produce biodegradable polymers of high quality that comply with DIN EN 13432 and ISO 17088.
What are bioplastics and biopolymers?
Bioplastics and biopolymers can refer to plastics that are either produced from renewable raw materials such as maize, starch or wheat, or which are biodegradable. Biodegradable plastics can be produced from renewable and fossil raw materials.
Not every bio-based plastic made from renewable raw materials is biodegradable. Similarly, not all biodegraded plastics are made from renewable raw materials.
Biodegradation of polymeric biomaterials involves cleavage of enzymatically bonds in the polymer.
EPC offers a state-of-the-art, environmentally friendly technology that provides a safe and cost-effective solution for the production of a high-purity, biodegradable polyester. A key advantage is our insidePXT process plant control system, which enables fully automated plant operation and optimum quality assurance.
Key Advantages of PXT-Polymers: