Bioplastics target mass adoption in auto interiors by 2015


Tier I auto parts manufacturer Faurecia (Paris, France) and Japanese plastics giant Mitsubishi Chemical (Tokyo) have inked a partnership to co-develop and produce polybutylene succinate (PBS) bioplastics for commercial-scale application in automotive interiors by 2014.

The bioplastics will be supplied from a joint venture with PTT (Chatuchak, Thailand;) that plans to start up a PBS production facility with an annual production capacity of 20,000 tons in Thailand, targeting commencement of production by 2015.

Faurecia had been conducting research into bioplastics derived from 100% natural materials since 2006 (through its BioMat project) prior to entering into the exclusive industrial partnership. Faurecia plans to develop a full range of auto-grade bioplastics, which are set to see a boom in adoption in the 2015 to 2020 period.

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