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Plant Watch: October 2020

By Mary Page Bailey |

Plant Watch Braskem begins commercial production at La Porte PP plant September 11, 2020 — Braskem America (Philadelphia, Pa.; www.braskem.com) launched commercial production at its new polypropylene (PP) production line in La Porte, Tex., which has a production capacity of over 450,000 metric tons per year (m.t./yr) and has the capability to produce homopolymer, impact copolymer and random copolymers. Construction began in 2017, with the final phase of mechanical construction completed in June 2020.   Amyris scales up production of fermentation-based cannabinoid September 10, 2020 — Amyris, Inc. (Emeryville, Calif.; www.amyris.com) has successfully scaled up production of the cannabinoid compound cannabigerol (CBG) using an industrial fermentation process. Amyris expects to deliver about 1 ton of high-purity CBG through fermentation, which is an alternative to the traditional production method of extraction from the Cannabis sativa L. plant.   Momentive to expand silicone production capacity for electronics applications September 9, 2020 — Momentive Performance Materials Inc. (Waterford, N.Y.; www.momentive.com) is investing $15 million in expanded electronic materials production in its Waterford, N.Y., facility.…
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