Cereplast recently announced plans for a new facility in in Seymour, Indiana that will add 500 million pounds a year to its bioplastic resin production capacity when the site is fully developed by early 2010. With the new facility, Cereplast will make the leap from batch supplier of compostable, renewable-based resins, to possibly the leading renewable plastics player, expanding its current production capacity of 50 million pounds, Modern Plastics reports.
When the site reaches full capacity in early 2010, it will employ up to 200 full-time staff and be the world’s largest bio-plastic resin production facility.
“After a long search we decided to settle down in Indiana for this project, in the heart of the Midwest, where we have easy access to our raw materials allowing us to reduce the carbon footprint of our operations by reducing transportation lines,” said Frederic Scheer, CEO and president of Cereplast. The new facility complements Cereplast’s current manufacturing operation in Hawthorne, Calif., which it will continue to operate.
Plastics made from corn and other plants are carving a tiny niche from the market for conventional petroleum-based plastics and being touted as green alternatives for everything from bulk food containers to lipstick tubes To gift cards and clothing fiber