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Kureha Begins PGA Production

8:59 AM MDT | September 26, 2011 | Rebecca Coons

Photo courtesy of West Virginia Department of Commerce (www.wvcommerce.org). Kureha PGA, a subsidiary of Kureha Corp. (Tokyo), says it has begun operations at a previously announced 4,000-m.t./year polyglycolic acid (PGA) production plant at DuPont’s Belle, WV site.  PGA is a biodegradeable polymer that can be used as a barrier layer in polyethylene terephthalate (PET) packaging while maintaining the bottle’s recyclability and boosting lightweighting opportunities, Kureha says. Incorporating just 2% PGA by weight allows for a 35% reduction in...

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