22. Jun 2021
Bioplastics producer Danimer Scientific today announced the successful completion of debottlenecking initiatives within its Winchester, Ky., manufacturing facility.
Bioplastics producer Danimer Scientific today announced the successful completion of debottlenecking initiatives within its Winchester, Ky., manufacturing facility. The company will now be able to accelerate production of Nodax, its proprietary polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) towards its expectation of reaching 100% of the facility’s current annual run rate capacity of 20 million pounds of Nodax- based resins by the end of 2021.
“As expected, we have completed our debottlenecking initiatives on time, which will enable us to significantly scale up production from previous levels,” said Danimer Scientific CEO Stephen Croskrey. “After taking steps to optimize our processes and equipment, the facility was brought back online in late May, and we used early June to confirm that both fermentation and downstream processing of our material is running at the projected levels, which are higher than before these initiatives. We look forward to delivering the high volumes of PHA our partners and customers need to create products that will help reduce the environmental impacts of plastics waste.”
Nodax is a PHA produced through natural fermentation processes using plant oil from crops such as canola. The material is certified to degrade in a variety of environments at the end of its lifecycle, including industrial composting facilities, backyard compost units, and soil and marine environments. It can be used in a wide range of applications from drinking straws and flexible packaging to disposable cups and cutlery.
“With our Winchester facility primed to reach the height of its current capacity, we can further focus on expanding the facility over the next year,” said Danimer Scientific COO Michael Smith. “As previously noted, the second phase of our construction process is ongoing, and we continue to expect the expansion to come online in the second quarter of 2022. We look forward to continuing our work to deliver sustainable solutions for the world’s plastic waste crisis.”