Ivan Panasyuk, ROTEC ZAO Executive Director presented the project for setting up a PLA biopolymer production facility at the 4th Nevskiy International Environmental Congress in St. Petersburg.
“Our goal is to set up a modern production facility in the Russian Federation specializing in the polylactic acid (PLA) polymers with the capacity of 100,000 tons per year,” comments Ivan Panasyuk. “At present, we are carrying out the feasibility study.”
It is to be recalled that ROTEC ZAO and Dutch company “Purac” signed an agreement for the development of the biopolymer production facility development project in the Russian Federation in early April within the framework of the visit of the Russian President V.V. Putin to the Netherlands.
PLA is used as raw material for the production of a wide range of consumer goods – disposable dishes, food packaging, bags, containers, films, fiber, etc.
“If the positive results are obtained at the first stage, we will be able to start the development of a product conceptually new for our country – polylactic acid polymers,” explains Ivan Panasyuk. “This product is neither manufactured nor consumed in the Russian Federation, where everything is made out of base polymers called “plastics” in plain English.” According to Ivan Panasyuk, the decay period of “plastics” in natural environment is 100 years, whereas PLA polymers biodegrade within 6 months.
“Production of biodegradable polymers will improve the environmental situation in our country, will promote the development of biotechnology, responsible consumption and public utilization,” concludes Ivan Panasyuk. “It is important to solve these problems at the federal level; therefore we count upon the governmental support for the project, right from the very beginning.