Metabolix on the Go: First Half 2016 Conference Line-Up

Metabolix LogoMetabolix typically participates in several leading industry conferences and tradeshows each year.   Most of the shows allow us to share advancements in our innovative PHA performance additives in our target application spaces while others provide us with a forum to describe advances in crop technology and improvements to yield from our Yield10 Bioscience initiative. This year is no different, with the Metabolix team looking forward to the discussions we’ll have with many of the industry’s most respected leaders and innovators. Continue reading

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PHA-Modified PLA Thermoform Materials for Sustainable Packaging Applications

A market trend is emerging to use sustainable packaging materials for food service and consumer products driven by the rising environmental awareness among consumers for improved biodegradability. For instance, the Foodservice Packaging Institute’s 2015 Trends Report found there is an increasing focus on compostable packaging. Our amorphous-PHA (a-PHA) materials provides us with a potentially significant option in this application space. Continue reading

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Yield10: Developing and Commercializing Innovations in Crop Science

Yield10Metabolix announced the launch of Yield10 Bioscience to develop and commercialize innovations in crop science. The focus is to develop proprietary, breakthrough technologies to improve yield in major food crops based on Yield10’s “T3 Platform Technology”.  Continue reading

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Use of PHA Materials in PVC Wood Polymer Composite Applications

Wood fiber polymer composites (WPC) are materials made by combining wood particles or other fibrous materials with polymer resins and additives to improve performance. These composites are used as alternatives to wood or plastic in a wide range of products such as decking, fences, railings and outdoor landscaping features because they require much less maintenance than solid wood. PVC is one of the key base polymers used in wood polymer composites for decking and railing systems.  Continue reading

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Vinyltec 2015: PHA Biopolymers as Multifunctional Performance Additives for PVC and Wood Polymer Composites

Vinyltec 2015The Metabolix biopolymers team is getting ready to exhibit and present at the Vinyltec 2015 conference next week in Akron, Ohio. At the conference, we will be ready to welcome visitors to Table#6 with samples and ideas for customer solutions, and we are looking forward to the presentation our colleague Mansoor Akhthar will make outlining the multifunctional and economic benefits obtained using our PHA biopolymers as performance additives for PVC and wood polymer composites. Continue reading

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Driving Innovation in Nonwovens with PHA-Modified PLA

Nonwovens are used in numerous industries and is an area where sustainable biopolymers can be used to create materials with new functionality. “Nonwovens” are typically fabrics and sheets created by bonding together entangled fiber or filaments. These products are typically produced from oil-based raw materials and have numerous applications in the medical, construction, personal care and filtration industries. Nonwoven materials are typically created mechanically, thermally or chemically and can be made into a broad range of products such as agricultural coverings, fabrics, apparel linings, carpeting, diapers, wipes, filtration media, insulation, roofing and medical products. Continue reading

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NPE 2015: Innovations in Plastic

In March, Metabolix attended, exhibited and presented at NPE 2015: The International Plastics Showcase. This show represented an outstanding opportunity for us to showcase products made with our PHA biopolymers and to share insights and solutions with visitors to our booth.  And, we sure did engage with a lot of visitors at our booth. These interactions with our visitors were very productive for us. From these conversations it’s clear that innovators in the industry are looking closely at how new materials—including biobased ones like PHA—can be incorporated into existing products or can be used to create entirely new products with new functionality and features. Continue reading

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A Convergence of Innovation and Regulation Catalyzes the Development of PHA Biopolymers for use in Personal Care Products

We recently entered into a global, exclusive commercial and technology alliance with Honeywell to offer new marine-degradable biopolymers for use in cosmetics and personal care products.  Through the alliance, Mirel® PHA biopolymers will be developed as part of Honeywell’s Asensa® line of personal care additives. This technology is intended to address regulatory and other requirements emerging in the U.S. and around the world for personal care microbead biodegradation. Continue reading

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Metabolix to Head to Orlando for NPE: Will Showcase a Broad Range of Applications for Mirel® PHA Biopolymers

The Metabolix biopolymers team is gearing up for NPE2015: The International Plastics Showcase which will be held March 23-27 in Orlando, FL. This show is arguably the most important plastics tradeshow occurring this year. SPI, the sponsor of NPE, expects more than 2,000 leading suppliers and 60,000 business professionals from more than 100 countries to convene at the meeting to showcase and discuss the latest technology, products, trends, and equipment for every phase of plastics processing. Continue reading

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A Bountiful Harvest of Crop Science Publications

Metabolix produces a range of PHA bioplastic products for its commercial customers using a proprietary industrial fermentation and biopolymer recovery process. The fermentation process is driven by microbes specifically engineered by Metabolix to produce PHAs with certain technical characteristics. The scientific advances in metabolic pathway engineering developed by Metabolix researchers over the last 15 years to engineer production microbes provided the foundation to apply this advanced metabolic engineering expertise to plants. Continue reading

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