Starch – a natural raw material of increasing importance.
The formation of starch in plant-based raw materials such as wheat, rice and potatoes is part of the process known as photosynthesis. For millions of years, unbelievable amounts of carbohydrates, such as e.g. starch, but also sugar or cellulose, have repeatedly been produced from the carbon dioxide in the air, with the help of the chlorophyll in the plants’ leaves and with the natural help of sunlight. A miracle of nature that takes place without human intervention.
As a necessity for all organic life on this planet, this process has also brought us the stores of fossil energy sources which are becoming increasingly scarce today, and whose use needs to be reduced to protect the environment. Industrially manufactured starch products can replace raw materials from these limited stores. Therefore this constantly renewable raw material is becoming increasingly significant thanks to its wide range of potential uses.