Corbion Constructs 75kTpa PLA Bioplastics Plant

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016 | 655 Views

The plant, located at the existing Corbion site in Rayong, Thailand, will produce a range of polylactic acid (PLA) neat resins, from standard PLA to innovative, high heat resistant PLA.

The new PLA bioplastics polymerisation plant is slated to be completed in 2018. Honourable Minister of Industry, Dr Atchaka Sibunruang, and governor of Rayong and the deputy secretary general of the Thai Board of Investment (BOI) were present. The Netherlands was officially represented by the deputy ambassador, Guillaume Teerling.

Corbion’s chief executive officer, Tjerk de Ruiter highlighted the importance of this milestone: “At Corbion, we believe in building a great future for the people of today and generations to come … that’s what we do here in Thailand. With the construction of this plant, bio-based and biodegradable plastics will certainly help to minimise adverse impacts on human health and the environment.”

In addition to the construction of the new plant, the company will expand its existing lactide plant in Thailand by 25 kTpa. With this expansion, they will be able to serve its current and future lactide customers. The lactide expansion will also enable the production of a wider range of lactides than is currently possible.

The targeted start‐up date for the PLA polymerisation plant and the lactide expansion is in the second half of 2018.