Three companies have decided to invest in the German bioplastics industry : BASF, Pyramid Bioplastics (Australia based) and Plantic Technologies Ltd. (Swiss company). This will result in a substantial increase in production of bioplastics in Germany. Plantic Technologies Ltd. has constructed a new manufacturing plant in Germany at an investment outlay of over €8.3 mln. Output from this facility will be utilized by thermoforming and extrusion presses for processing starch-based materials currently being installed in Jena, Central Germany.
Pyramid Bioplastics is setting up a 60,000 tpa production facility in Guben (Brandenburg) for the production of PLA (polylactic acid), based on technology developed by Uhde Inventa-Fischer GmbH. A first production unit, for which the plant engineering is in progress, will commence operations in H2-2009.
BASF SE has commence construction of a new production facility in Ludwigshafen. Slated to start up in 2010, this facility will produce 60,000 tpa of biodegradable material "Ecoflex", a steep rise from current capacities of 14,000 tpa.