Malaysia: The Next Bioplastic Destination?

Malaysia is keen on valorizing its significant volume of palm tree biomass into biobased chemicals and bioplastics

Malaysia Bioplastic
Malaysia Bioplastic

Malaysia reportedly produces  around 80 million tons/year of biomass waste.

Last year, the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) announced that MyBiomass Sdn Bhd, a unit of the Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT), plans to start-up  production at its industrial bio-refinery plant in Johor by end-2016 with a groundbreaking scheduled in the fourth quarter this year.

The biorefinery will have an annual production capacity of 60.000 tons of high-value green chemicals using palm biomass waste. The project will involve an investment of between 300-400 million.MYR ( Malaysian Ringit) equivalent to 65 to 90 million Euros

As far as foreign investment is concerned, France-based METabolic EXplorer, Texas based Glycos Biotechnologies and California based Verdezyne (among others)  have planned renewable chemicals capacity investments in Malaysia in the short term.

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