LG Chem and GS Caltex accelerate commercialization of the world's first 3HP eco-friendly bio material

LG Chem and GS Caltex accelerate commercialization of the world's first 3HP eco-friendly bio material

The testing plant has been successfully completed at the GS Caltex Yeosu plant

  • By ICN Bureau | October 16, 2023

LG Chem and GS Caltex signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to further their collaborative endeavors on a joint project focusing on 3HP (3-Hydroxypropionic acid), an essential raw material for eco-friendly biodegradable plastics. The signing ceremony took place at the LG Chem Magok R&D Campus, attended by LG Chem CEO Hak Cheol Shin, GS Caltex CEO Heo Seo-hong, and R&D teams from both companies.

This MOU follows a 2021 Joint Development Agreement (JDA) between the two entities, culminating in the construction of a 3HP testing plant at the GS Caltex Yeosu Plant in July of the same year. The recently completed plant sets the stage for prototype production, slated to begin in the first quarter of 2024.

Produced through the microbial fermentation of plant-derived materials, 3HP is highlighted as an eco-friendly substance. The plastics derived from 3HP showcase exemplary biodegradability and flexibility, positioning them as viable replacements for various disposable materials.

With the MOU, both companies have agreed to jointly evaluate the 3HP project model and overall businesses, intending to engage in comprehensive discussions encompassing a broad spectrum of cooperation areas, such as exploring the potential establishment of a joint venture and examining biodegradable material projects, considering the varied conditions of the bioplastic market.

LG Chem CEO, Hak Cheol Shin, commented, "We will persist in leading eco-friendly technologies, enhancing our commitment to achieving a 2050 Net Zero by fortifying our partnership for a sustainable future in the white bio sector."

GS Caltex CEO, Heo Se-hong, remarked, "Building upon our cooperation in developing eco-friendly materials, we aim not only to strengthen ESG capacities by contributing to a circular economy and reducing carbon emissions but also to forge economic value through the commercialization of high value-added products."

LG Chem, holding the world’s preeminent proprietary 3HP fermenting technologies, successfully developed PLH (Poly Lactate 3-Hydroxypropionate) in October of 2020, a new biodegradable material with mechanical properties equating to synthetic resins.

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