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RAYONG, Thailand: December 04, 2018. Total Corbion PLA, a 50/50 joint venture between France’s Total and Dutch lactic acid derivatives producer Corbion, has begun making bioplastics at its PLA (Poly Lactic Acid) plant in Rayong, Thailand.

The new facility is producing a broad range of ‘Luminy’ PLA resins from renewable, non-GMO sugarcane sourced locally in Thailand for eventual use in packaging, consumer goods, 3D printing, fibers and the automotive industry.

Total Corbion quality labThe joint venture company says being biobased and biodegradable, PLA products can be mechanically or chemically recycled - or in some cases composted and returned to the soil as fertilizer.

“The start-up of this state-of-the-art plant establishes Total Corbion PLA as a world-scale PLA bioplastic producer, ideally located to serve growing markets from Asia Pacific to Europe and the Americas” declared CEO Stephane Dion.
“The subsequent increase in global PLA capacity will enable manufacturers and brand owners to move into the circular economy and produce biobased products with lower carbon footprints and multiple end of life options,” he added.

Total and Corbion say the production of Luminy resins is a “major milestone” for the bioplastics market as the new plant, with a production capacity of 75,000 tonnes, will increase global output to 240,000 tons per year.

“This state-of-the-art PLA plant is the result of impressive team work by many,” said Corbion CEO Tjerk de Ruiter, “This is good news for consumers and producers who want to make a conscious choice to improve their carbon footprint and make their contribution to a circular economy. A world of innovation and business opportunities has opened up while contributing to a better world.”

Pictured: Members of the quality laboratory at Total Corbion PLA's new poly lactic acid (PLA) plant in Rayong, Thailand

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