Georgia-based biopolymer manufacturer Meredian expects to begin operating at full capacity in H2 2014, with facility in Bainbridge, Georgia, to produce more than 30,000 tons of PHA/year
October 15, 2013
– Meredian, Inc., a privately held biopolymer manufacturer with a range of Fortune 500 clients anticipating their products, expects to be operating at full capacity by the second quarter of 2014. The company’s innovative and ground-breaking product, Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs), is a polymer derived naturally through fermentation of sustainably produced, fully renewable plant derived oils which creates completely biodegradable bioplastics. In order to formally launch their production, Meredian is attending the 2013 K International Trade Fair in Düsseldorf, Germany from Oct. 16-23.
“Our team has worked tirelessly to design, install and deliver developmental quantities of PHA from our pilot facility for client selected high value applications. Today, we have committed to providing yet another four (4) million lbs. in the near term to complete these joint development activities while enabling the launch of multiple commercial applications in mid- 2014. This timing aligns perfectly as we come on line with the Bainbridge facility and optimize our PHA production systems,” notes S. Blake Lindsey, President, Meredian.
The K International Trade Fair, held once every three years, houses over 19 exhibition halls that showcases the most innovative advancements in the plastics and rubber industry. The fair offers attendees a broad platform for growth through potential networking and investment opportunities. Meredian will be in attendance with other companies from the United States, as well as companies from Germany, India, Italy, Taiwan, China, Austria and Switzerland.
“Meredian’s next steps include preparing the Bainbridge plant for full production for our clients, as well as continuing to educate consumers regarding this innovative ‘disruptive’ technology. It is especially gratifying to note our ability to offer highly functional cost effective biodegradable alternatives to petro based plastics,” explained Paul Pereira, Executive Chairman of the Board, Meredian. “One of our primary goals is to have our children and grandchildren living in a world where many of the plastics they interact with daily are safe, biodegradable and recyclable; where our landfills are not full of petroleum-based products that cannot degrade.”
“Having the largest PHA production facility in the world, Meredian will produce over 30,000 tons of PHA per year at the Bainbridge facility. We recognize that growth is required for bioplastic materials. Engineering plans are now completed for ‘right sized’ Meredian facilities to be placed globally to best serve our customers. The company expects multiple projects to be underway simultaneously in order to meet the demand of our customers,” states Michael Smith, VP Manufacturing & Engineering, Meredian.
For more information about Meredian, visit www.meredianpha.com. Follow MeredianPHA on Twitter (@MeredianPHA) for the latest updates. Discover the exciting possibilities of PHA and biopolymers here: http://www.meredianpha.com/overview/. For more information about the 2013 K International Trade Fair, visit www.k-tradefair.com.
About Meredian, Inc.:
Meredian, Inc. is a privately held Georgia corporation which manufactures PHA biopolymers using renewable resources. Meredian, Inc. was formed by the principles following the success of its sister company, DaniMer Scientific, LLC. DaniMer Scientific was formed in 2004 to bring innovative solutions to the world by way of the use of biopolymer materials in traditional plastic applications. These companies enjoy the benefits of a world class group of dedicated, highly skilled team members. The two companies offer an unmatched comprehensive selection of biopolymers and innovative technology platforms that support their core values of utilizing sustainably produced, renewable resource-based polymers to improve people’s lives.
About the K 2013 International Trade Fair:
The K 2013 International Trade Fair is scheduled for October 16-23 in Düsseldorf, Germany. A huge success in 2010, K is the number one trade fair for plastics and rubber worldwide. This market leading event will bring together over 3,000 of the key innovators and decision makers from around the globe to examine the latest developments in sustainable solutions, global contributions and investment offers, optimized standards of raw materials, eco-friendly product solutions and sophisticated machinery and equipment in the plastics and rubber industries.