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HEMIX™ (hemicellulose) products  utilizing wastes from agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Technology / Service Summary

(1) Extraction of hemicellulose, (2) Purification, (3) Powderization, (4) Chemical synthesis for improving functions, and (5) Compounding with other bioplastic resins/manufacturing pellet resin


Rather than using plant resources that are newly cultivated or harvested (e.g., using edible corn or sugar cane for bioplastics), we do not use plant resources that already exist but are incinerated or discarded without finding a use for them. We manufacture “bioplastic resin derived from agriculture, forestry, and fishery products” that utilizes “unused resources” that are currently available. It is a manufacturing activity in a natural cycle for "completely effective use of existing plants and trees", and contributes to reducing CO2 emissions and CO2 reduction compared to conventional manufacturing methods.

In order to contribute to a decarbonized society, to replace petroleum-derived plastic products (ex. food and beverage containers, cosmetic containers, automobiles, aircraft, space rockets, railroad vehicles, interior parts, etc.) that have been established in the world with plant-derived ones. In addition, we will develop bioplastics with properties that are suitable for various molding methods such as injection molding, blow molding, sheet molding, film molding, and melt spinning, and promote carbon neutrality in various industrial applications.


There are many solid molded products such as containers using bioplastics in the world. We are also developing 1mm thin sheets/films and 100% bio-fibers/threads. In this way, there is no other company that is working on products in three fields (injection molded products, sheets/films, fibers/threads) in bioplastic materials.
Hemicellulose is easy to mold due to its "high fluidity", which is unparalleled in bioresin materials. In addition, its "high marine biodegradability", in which 90% or more is degraded in 180 days in the ocean and rivers, is a strength as a differentiating factor among various bio-resin materials.
Our products are not only commercial products, but also play a role as "environmental educational materials" that convey the significance and possibilities of decarbonization. Last year, 10 prefectural high schools in Fukushima Prefecture collaborated to conduct marine biodegradability experiments using our plant-derived biodegradable resin containers.


1) Conversion from petroleum-derived plastics to bioplastics = reduction of CO2 emissions in the petroleum-derived plastic manufacturing process (CO2 absorption through photosynthesis)

Hemicellulose is a general term for polysaccharides that are contained 20-30% in trees and plants in general. Most of them have been discarded and incinerated except for those used as cosmetic additives. When converting from petroleum-derived plastics, which are used in large quantities in packaging containers and materials, to bioplastics, the utilization of hemicellulose, which has a high unused rate among the various components, will greatly reduce CO2 emissions. Since there is no contention with other uses, future expandability is very large.

2) Disposal: Use of ingredients derived from agriculture, forestry, and marine products = Suppression of greenhouse gas emissions during disposal and combustion
Hemicellulose is also contained in "waste biomass" (food residues, pomace, etc.) and "unused biomass" (non-edible parts such as shells and bones, residual forests, etc.). By collaborating with agricultural, forestry, and fisheries businesses before disposal, collecting waste, extracting hemicellulose, and commercializing it, we contribute to reducing CO2 emissions during disposal and combustion.

Controlled Substance

Applicable Regions / Countries

  • Japan
  • Southeast Asia
  • Central/South Asia
  • China/ East Asia
  • Middle East
  • Africa
  • Oceania
  • Europe
  • Central/South America
  • ASEAN countries

    Indonesia,Singapore,Thailand,Philippines,Viet Nam,Malaysia

Related SDGs Goals

  • 9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
  • 12. Responsible Consumption and Production
  • 13. Climate Action
  • 14. Life Below Water

HEMIX™ (hemicellulose) products  utilizing wastes from agriculture, forestry and fisheries