Science Min pushing Thailand to be bioplastic hub of ASEAN


BANGKOK, 18 February 2013  The Science and Technology Ministry is pushing Thailand to become a bio-plastic hub of ASEAN within 3 years as well as to improve and preserve the environment. 

Science and Technology Minister Worawat Uea-apinyakul said the ministry is cooperating with the National Innovation Agency and the Thai Bioplastics Industry Association in helping Thai bio-plastic entrepreneurs enhance their business capacity by transforming cassava into bio-plastics to replace polyethylene plastics which are very harmful to the nature. He is targeting to make Thailand the bio-plastic hub of the ASEAN region within 3 years’ time.

The minister said that the bio-plastic industry first started in Thailand in 2004, and has since been very profitable given it has created up to six-fold increase in added-value for cassava.