Balrampur Chini Mills to Build India’s First Bioplastics Plant with Tech Giants

Sustainable Production of PLA from Sugarcane to Reduce Plastic Pollution

In a significant step towards sustainable innovation, Balrampur Chini Mills Limited (BCML), a leading sugar producer in India, announced partnerships with three renowned technology companies: Sulzer AG, Alpine Engineering GmbH, and Jacobs. This collaboration aims to establish India’s first bioplastics plant, utilizing sugarcane as the primary feedstock.

The state-of-the-art facility will leverage Sulzer AG’s expertise in polylactic acid (PLA) production technologies. Sulzer will provide equipment for critical stages like lactide synthesis, purification, and polymerization. Their extensive experience in numerous PLA plants worldwide ensures a robust foundation for the project.

Furthermore, BCML partnered with Alpine Engineering GmbH to establish the groundwork for PLA production. Alpine will contribute their advanced fermentation technology and distillation processes, drawing on their 35-year legacy in biotechnologies.

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Streamlined Project Delivery

Jacobs Solutions India Private Limited, a subsidiary of Jacobs Solutions Inc., will provide crucial Engineering, Procurement, and Construction Management (EPCM) services. Their role encompasses the complete setup and integration of both lactic acid and PLA production facilities, including utilities, civil infrastructure, and efficient resource management.

“We are thrilled to join forces with these tech partners to tackle plastic pollution and develop innovative, sustainable solutions,” said Mr. Vivek Saraogi, Chairman & Managing Director of BCML. “This project embodies our commitment to using best-in-class technology and shaping a sustainable future for the Indian bioplastics industry.”

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Mr. Stefan Barot, President of BCML’s Chemical Division, emphasized the groundbreaking nature of the project. “Together, we’re bringing the world’s first sugar cane to PLA factory to India,” he stated. “This alliance marks a significant milestone for BCML’s journey towards environmental responsibility and aligns with the Indian government’s vision for a sustainable future.”

The BCML bioplastics plant, with its annual production capacity of 75,000 tonnes of compostable and recyclable bioplastic, holds immense potential to reduce dependence on traditional plastics and contribute to a cleaner environment.