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United Soybean Board awards Battelle and Biobent Polymers funding to assist in commercialization of soy-based bio-composite polymers

The United Soybean Board (USB) has awarded Battelle funding specifically targeted to assist Biobent Polymers, the Marysville, Ohio-based bioplastics company, in the commercialization of its new bio-composite polymers made from soy. This new class of bioplastics is linked on the molecular level to maintain core characteristics of plastic which are missing in other biopolymer-composites while dramatically reducing petroleum use in manufacturing. The new bioplastics can be used as a replacement for virtually all polypropylene (PP) and polyethylene (PE).

The USB funding will allow Battelle and Biobent Polymers to continue refining soy-based polymers in an effort to solidify Biobent’s position as a leading innovator of bioplastics with the development and commercialization of the next generation of bioplastics.

Although the company is already into commercialization phase, it will leverage this funding to accelerate solutions to several key technical challenges, provide production capacity refinements and significantly expand the markets for this new class of bioplastics.

We have had great success working with Battelle’s break-through soy based resins—effectively removing as much as 40 percent of the petroleum used in the plastics production process. These next steps will even further refine the quality and performance of our bioplastics and allow us to deliver a variety of grades of plastic resins for use in a myriad of applications.

—Keith J. Masavage, Chief of Strategy and Operations at Biobent Polymers

Biobent Polymers is a division of global plastics manufacturer Univenture Inc., and was created in 2011 with the goal of commercializing price- and performance-competitive bio-composite plastics. Starting with soy-based bioplastics exclusively licensed from the Battelle Memorial Institute, the Marysville Ohio operation is the first in the nation to offer renewable polypropylene (PP) and polyethylene (PE) bioplastics with the core characteristics of conventional plastics while using up to 40% less petroleum.

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