Total Corbion PLA, a 50/50 joint venture between Total and Corbion, has started production of Luminy PLA resins at its 75,000 tons per year PLA (Poly Lactic Acid) bioplastics plant in Rayong, Thailand. Luminy PLA resins contribute to the circular economy.
A wide range of Luminy PLA resins from renewable, non-GMO sugarcane sourced locally will be produced at the new plant, which will include standard PLA to innovative, high heat PLA and PDLA with unique properties. A wide range of markets especially the packaging, consumer goods, 3D printing, fibers and automotive will use these products optimally for extrusion, thermoforming, injection molding and fiber spinning processes.
The production of 75,000 tons per year from the new facility has increased the global production of PLA bioplastics by almost 50%, to 240,000 tons per year. The estimated annual growth rate of PLA market ranges from 10% to 15%.
Stephane Dion, the CEO, Total Corbion PLA, said, “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. 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.”
Bernard Pinatel, President-Refining & Chemicals at Total, commented, “I’m very pleased that the joint venture has started-up the second-largest PLA bioplastics plant in the world. This achievement is fully in line with our strategy, to expand in petrochemicals and, at the same time, innovate in low-carbon solutions. Bioplastics are a great complement to our more traditional petrochemicals products to meet the rising demand for polymers while contributing towards reducing end-of-life concerns.”