Photo of polyglycolic acid, provided by Charleston Area Alliance.

Yesterday’s opening of a new polyglycolic acid plant in Belle, W.Va., was good news for the state’s economy and the world’s environment.

Kureha will annually produce several million pounds of the polymer, which is biodegradable, for use in products such as soft drink bottles. The establishment of this plant re-affirms the leadership of West Virginia and the Kanawha Valley within the chemical industry.

Though MATRIC Research has yet to collaborate with Kureha, both organizations are working to develop green chemistry technologies that provide lasting benefit, and with this in mind, we welcome their addition to West Virginia’s chemical infrastructure.