Recently, the Polish chemical company Grupa Azoty announced that it has launched a pilot line for the production of thermoplastic starch with an annual capacity of 300,000 tons
The new production line is a strategic decision made by Grupa Azoty to the Directive (EU) 2019/904 issued by the European Parliament and the Council in June 2019
The directive aims to reduce the environmental impact of certain plastic products
The EU directive states that the EU will prohibit the use of disposable packaging made of plastics made of modified natural polymers, non-natural bio-based, fossil-based, and synthetic substances
Grupa Azoty predicts that the European starch market will triple by 2030
Grupa Azoty pointed out that starch materials are widely used, low in cost, and have good compatibility with other synthetic biodegradable polymers, and can be used in the food industry, agriculture, packaging, 3D printing and other fields
Tomasz Hinc, Managing Director of Grupa Azoty, said: “The production of plastics that are completely degradable in the natural environment is part of the European Green Agreement and in line with our goals
At present, there is a general lack of thermoplastic starch manufacturers in the Polish, Central and Eastern European markets.
We have become a pioneer in the production of this product in the region.
pilot plant of the Grupa Azoty R&D center is optimizing the method of obtaining thermoplastic starch