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Report An increasing

Report An increasing number of technology transfer, licensing and joint venture deals have been successfully concluded between Thai companies and overseas partners, with a view to building up a biobased polymer/plastic production base in Thailand. Highlights include the new Total-Corbion joint-venture, which after 2018 will produce up to 75,000 tonnes PLA polymer and 100,000 tonnes of lactide in their Rayong facility In 2016 PTT MCC Biochem opened a 20,000 tonnes/year production facility for PBS in Rayong. PTT’s investment in the biotech company Myriant and in the worlds largest PLA producer NatureWorks LLC are further examples for investments in this sector. The development of the domestic market and demand is a future target of the Thai bioplastic industry. Currently, 80–90 % of the projected production volumes for biobased plastics in Thailand are expected to be exported. The domestic demand for biobased plastics in Thailand competes e.g. in packaging materials with the already established oxofragmentable plastic products, which are sold at lower prices. Successful pre-marketing is a key factor to develop the local market. Many companies in Thailand still show little intention of placing new products on the market until a local polymer production is established. The Thai Bioplastics Industry Association (TBIA) with currently nearly 50 members was founded in May 2007 with the aim of representing the fast-growing local biobased plastic industry. The association aims to help to create a sustainable biobased plastic industry in Thailand and to serve as the industry focal point in areas related to biobased plastics, not only in Thailand but also at regional level. As Thailand has been focusing on compostable biobased plastic products, the necessary suitable waste management infrastructure has still to be set up. Composting trials in several locations around Thailand have been quite successful but still need to show their sustainability in the communities. Thailand has been recognized by Science journal as one of the top-ten global marine plastic polluters, responsible for 1,03 million tonnes of plastic debris. Therefore, Thailand is determined to clean up and protect its waters. Thailand joined the “Upcycling the Oceans” movement in 2017, a partnership to clean the oceans of plastics and other waste in a collaboration between stakeholders like environmentalists, advocacy groups and fishing communities. Thailand is introducing a smoking ban on beaches across the country, realizing that “tens of thousands of cigarette butts are left in the sand” (DMCR) with those caught violating the law facing up to a year in prison or a penalty of 100,000 baht (USD 3.000). Biobased plastics standards are introduced in Thailand through the establishment of certification laboratories and bodies, which will be evaluated in cooperation with DIN CERTCO. Thailand currently offers various forms of incentives specially designed to create an investment-friendly atmosphere for the biobased plastic industry, such as a tax incentive program offered by Thailand’s Board of Investment (BOI), which features corporate income tax exemption up to eight years for manufacturing of eco-friendly chemicals and polymers, including the exemption from import duties. The production of products from these polymers is supported with a five years corporate tax exemption as well. As political unrest in Thailand has negatively impacted the investment and policy infrastructure for biobased plastics from 2013 until mid 2014, the new approach from the current government based on the Thailand 4.0 Bioeconomy approach could in future open a new chapter of investment in the development of the green industry in this country. References: [1] BOI-Brochure 2017, PTIT (free download at bit.ly/2DoDQUx) [2] Asian Markets for biobased building blocks and polymers, Trend report 2017, WobaltExpedition Consultancy, Nova Institute Shutterstock: OzonE_AnnA 34 bioplastics MAGAZINE [01/18] Vol. 13

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