Technology solutions company, Lummus has recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with biotechnology company RWDC Industries to work together to deploy polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA) across the globe.
PHA manufacturing is a sustainable solution that can replace synthetically-produced petroleum-based plastics. The joint development initiative provides global licensing opportunities that will expedite the manufacturing of PHA and address the global plastic waste problem.
The partnership will combine Lummus’ knowledge in process technology with RWDC’s expertise in the production and application of PHA to enhance the accessibility and mass adoption of the product. Lummus President and CEO Leon de Bruyn said, “Together, we can provide eco-friendly biodegradable plastics, while driving innovation and advancing the circular economy of our industry.”
RWDC, which has its global headquarters in Singapore, manufactures organically recyclable or home-compostable Solon PHA using plant-based oils such as post-consumer and waste cooking oils. PHA-based products are known to be fully biodegradable in soil, fresh water and marine environments.