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Biobased Chemicals

Total Corbion makes PLA in Thailand

by Melody M. Bomgardner
March 26, 2018 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 96, ISSUE 13

 

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Credit: Total Corbion
Total Corbion is making PLA at this facility in Thailand.

A joint venture of Total and Corbion has started up a 1,000-metric-ton-per-year polylactic acid pilot facility in Rayong, Thailand. PLA is made from lactide, a fermentation product that Corbion ­specializes in. Total Corbion is also ­building a 75,000-metric-ton-per-year plant on the site. The launch provides an Asian source of PLA for biobased, biodegradable plastics. In North America, the main producer of PLA is NatureWorks.

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