The Iowa Corn Promotion Board announced on Friday it had been granted a US patent for its production process to create isosorbide, a key material in bioplastics. Derived from corn, isosorbide can be used to increase the bio-content of plastics while increasing its melting temperature.
Curt Mether, Chair of ICPB’s Research and Business Development committee, said: “[The patent] allows for a reduction in the amount of petroleum needed to make plastics, lowers carbon emissions and decreases the cost of consumer goods manufactured employing this process.”
The ICPB represents corn farmers across Iowa, USA and has almost 7,800 members. It estimates that by 2017, the bioplastics market will consume 3.5 billion lbs of corn per year.