PHA Modifiers for PLA Fiber
Metabolix (Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA) recently introduced newly developed polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) copolymer technology.
This development has extended the range of Metabolix’s PHA portfolio with crystallinity ranging from 0% or 60% (Fig.1) to include fully amorphous products. The glass transition temperature (Tg °C) of these PHAs now extends from +5°C down to ~-30°C. Like the more crystalline products in its portfolio, these amorphous PHA products are 100% renewable and widely biodegradable in most environments where microbial activity is present. Metabolix sees exciting opportunities for using these new copolymers to modify and improve the performance of PLA and thereby expand the market potential of PLA fibers and filaments.
At Natureworks’ 2014 ITR conference, Metabolix showed early results for modifying PLA using these new PHA copolymers. Metabolix is grateful to Natureworks for their support in this development effort. This work focused on the ability to improve PLA ductility (Fig.2) without negatively impacting the PLA Tg (a common problem with using miscible plasticizers). Metabolix then demonstrated this effectiveness in PLA films by developing a much softer PLA blown film with flex modulus and toughness approaching HDPE. By varying modifier loads, flexibility and toughness in PLA blown and cast film can be adjusted across the range spanning from paper to HDPE. A series of these film prototypes were highlighted by Metabolix at Interpack 2014.
More recently, Metabolix is excited by very interesting results in improving PLA fibers using with these new PHA modifiers. These developments were also highlighted at the 3rd PLA World Congress in Munich.
Benefits of Modifying PLA fibers with PHA
Improved touch and feel; Hand & Elongation
Reduced Boiling Water Shrinkage
The ductility improvement that characterized PHA modified PLA films is also clearly seen in PHA modified PLA fibers. Textile and nonwoven appl
this is a legal maneuver ..... I think we already know that financing was not done otherwise we would have read about it in the news ... But at least they did not announce mass layoffs and we are still focused on something - exactly what I have no idea,.
It all boils down to how you see this company If they are a funciton of their manufactured goods and current sales then I would agree with everything pessimistic written in this forum
But who are the Major investors .. Oracle , Schuler, Strobeck , Chairman Has a bio/medical background, If you believe this to be a biotech then its value is based on its technolgy and the beleif that eventualy profitability will come.
I'm standing behind the smart money.. who have been staying the course for years and have a history of backing up their companies when no other moneis are being offered.
If someone can explain wht Strobeck Schuler and Oracle are still here it may clear up my confusion -- until then I'm a beleiver
But then again I didn't sign a confidentiality agreement - but Schuler has
One BIGGGG mistake in your logic. PHA types are NOT fungible yuo just cant swap out a short chain for a medium/ long chain or PHB or Ph copolymers etc, If you are using Mirel you just cant call china or Georgia and reolkace it an there is no indiation that Merisian can make PVC modifiers , Latex or blend with PLA or PBS or PBAT ... There is no indication that Meridian can even produce more than a few pounds of this stuff.. Oh or did you not nitice that Merian has not announced turning on th scaled up planr... We know we produced 3 million pounds we dont know anything coming out in large quantity out of Bainbridge or China.. capicity is only menaingful when you can actually pump out the product
HOPKINTON — Lonza Hopkinton Inc. has hired Heritage Equity Partners of Maryland to seek a buyer for the pair of former biomedical manufacturing facilities at 97 South St.
The two buildings, each 64,000 square feet, were vacated last year by Lonza Ltd., a Swiss-based pharmaceutical company. The company also plans to sell equipment and sublease the facility. A company spokeswoman said Lonza has "no plans to further operate the business."
About two-thirds of Lonza's employees in Hopkinton lost their jobs with the shutdown, and the plant's assets and activities were consolidated with Lonza's facility in Visp, Switzerland.
The facilities "are ideally suited for microbial fermentation and purification of bulk biopharmaceutical drug substance, or potentially vaccines, cell therapy, oral grade pharmaceuticals or similar products," according to a company press release. "The facility is also potentially suitable for mammalian production, laboratory testing activities, research and development work, nutraceuticals, enzymes, animal health, cosmetics or food processing products."
Cure is 10 days above 1 Dollar.
So either we have a deal and stock goes higher natively or we goose it by reverse splitting ... if no deal then we 180 days we are OOB so it don't make no diff.,.
So if they announce failure to comlpy tomorrow don't panic at this stage its meaningless.
Lonza has also been studying PHA although not sure if long or short chained and they do sell PVC biocides - so they have a sales channel into the PVC market making them a great partner for our PHA PVC plasticizer/modifier -- would make the Shaulson selection make a whole lot of sense ...
30 minute drive from MBLX - plants have been idle for almost a year and are supposedly set up for Microbial fermentation
As you may or may not know Shaulson worked for Arch and Arch was taken over by Lonza .. Perhaps Lonza is our White ( or Blonde ) Knight!!!
We had faith in Shaulson.... and until 12 midnight tonight June is not over... One large block got scared out at the close on Friday.... Insiders can't buy nor can largest shareholders and whoever sold.. there was a buyer of 5 times the rest of the day's volume waiting to buy....
Here's to a successful day !!
Sorry I was just being silly .. you should know by most much higher purchases indicated by how long I have been posting in this forum that I haven't anything the SED would consider insider info.
That the big announcement we've waited for will be released on Monday yet some many people will not be invited to the party.
I really truly hurt deep inside for the Shorts
May the lord have mercy on their souls if he not pity on their poscketbooks
Normey it's not Kraft the company - it's "kraft paper" that's the brown roll of paper used to wrap items in years gone y package stores .. or similar to what the local buthcher used to use before plastic boats,,,, This paper is used to make Lawn and Garden Bags --- Wish it was a deal with a company called Kraft but alas no deals yet...
Metabolix to develop PHA latex coatings for kraft paper
By Jenny Eagle+, 18-Jun-2014
Metabolix, a biomaterials company, is developing PHA latex coatings for kraft paper as an alternative to plastic bags for collecting food waste.
Kraft paper or kraft  is paper or paperboard (cardboard) produced from chemical pulp produced in the kraft process.
Sack Kraft Paper, or just sack paper is a porous kraft paper with high elasticity and high tear resistance, designed for packaging products with high demands for strength and durability.
Pulp produced by the kraft process is stronger than that made by other pulping processes; acidic sulfite processes degrade cellulose more, leading to weaker fibers, and mechanical pulping processes leave most of the lignin with the fibers, whereas kraft pulping removes most of the lignin present originally in the wood. Low lignin is important to the resulting strength of the paper, as the hydrophobic nature of lignin interferes with the formation of the hydrogen bonds between cellulose (and hemicellulose) in the fibers.
Kraft pulp is darker than other wood pulps, but it can be bleached to make very white pulp. Fully bleached kraft pulp is used to make high quality paper where strength, whiteness and resistance to yellowing are important.
ILP--- If I remember correctly your involvement here is borne out of frustration of having paid 18 dollars per share and selling in the 2-3 dollar range and losing more than you could afford.
So really what credentals grant you the right to pontificate when and when isn's a good time to buy this stock.
Certainly not your background or experience.
If you were in a terrible car crash you'd probably be screaming at everyone else to never ride in cars !!
You need to move on,,,
If MBLX is a specialty chemicals company then why are our LARGEST shareholders= excluding FMR ( SCHULER STROBECK ORACLE-INVESTMENTS ) Pure BIOTECH and Pharma investors.
Why wouldn't ORACLE and Schuler dump this at a loss to offset cap gains.
In 2007 MBLX licensced to Abbot Labs - which is now Abbvie - its Multi-Gene expression technology with the promise of future payments of undisclosed amounts when undefined milestones would be reached.
Abbvie is on the verge of a number of Phase 3 trials is that the connection -- why would ORACLE which owns but 30 stocks in its billion dollar portfolio be holding onto MBLX... what do they know that we don't // Why did the srock jump Dec before last wgen James Liao subbed to us a ARPA-E contract to use orur Multi Gene expression technology. This tech is worth millions and we need to monetize it !!!
Specialty chemicals plastic plant Pha is all very nice but there is a lot more value here to Smart Money than can be easily discerened. Look beyond the plastic in front of your eyes and you will see value and opportunity !!
Dagiw - I'd be interested in knowing which broker would do an MBLX with 0 spread and a 10% margin and no fees.... would like to open an account there tomorrow. There's no way he'd be able to hedge that position given how unliquiid this stock is