In Malaysia, MYBiomass Sdn. Bhd. and Atlanta, Georgia based American Process Inc. are working together on a nanocellulose production project using oil palm empty fruit-bunches which are easily found in Malaysia. They are converting the oil palm biomaterial into cellulose additives for use in automotive parts, paper and textiles. API is focused on the technical and material development aspects while MYBiomass is using its oil palm biomass supply and market strength to help bring the project to fruition. Their project goal is to develop sustainable supply chains for renewable feedstocks using the latest technologies available.
Dr. Kim Nelson, API’s Vice President of Nanocellulose Technology, said in their press release, “We are very excited to expand our biorefinery technologies to Malaysia in support of the country’s vision to become a regional green chemicals and biomaterials hub.”