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Total Corbion PLA to show future biobased ideas at NPE

Total Corbion PLA will highlight its Luminy portfolio of Poly Lactic Acid resins for the Americas, in advance of its 75 kTpa production plant starting-up in the second half of 2018 in Thailand. The Luminy PLA portfolio includes both high heat and standard PLA grades and is used in a wide range of markets, from packaging to durable consumer goods and electronics. PLA is a biobased and biodegradable polymer made from annually renewable resources, offering a reduced carbon footprint versus many traditional plastics.

The plant will produce a range of resins from the Luminy portfolio, including specially developed products for extrusion/thermoforming, injection moulding and fibre spinning. In the meantime, the company has already started providing pre-marketing resins to interested customers to accelerate market acceptance of PLA. Furthermore, to service customers in a timely manner, Total Corbion PLA has set up a local warehouse in America to ensure short delivery times.

At NPE, Total Corbion PLA will showcase the high heat capabilities of PLA, serving its coffee in a PLA-lined cup. The cups, supplied by EcNow Tech, have a PLA lining that can withstand boiling water, and are a sustainable alternative to the traditional PE-lined variety based on oil-based plastics. The cups therefore have a lower carbon footprint, and can be industrially composted after use.

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PLA tray from Total Corbion.

The range of applications being developed in high heat PLA is steadily increasing as sustainability gains ever greater importance throughout the value chain. Other high heat PLA applications on display at NPE include coffee capsules for Nespresso machines from ATI, take-away coffee cup lids from WinGram, tea bags from Nonwoven Network, heat stable IBM bottles from ERT and thermoformed thin-wall single-use coffee cups from Pack & Proper.

In addition to high heat PLA, a number of standard PLA applications will also be presented. A bioplastic thermoformed black platter for attractive presentation of foods such as cheese, sushi and finger food has been developed by Pack & Proper. It is made from Luminy PLA and has been designed to exhibit a ‘stone-look’, slate appearance thanks to its surface shape, giving a more exclusive appearance to a single-use application.

Other examples of innovative PLA applications on display include PLA toys by GRABIO, DJ Toys and Genius Toy Taiwan, single-use PLA aprons from Gaia, thermoformed PLA packaging from Bio4Pack, PLA non-woven applications from Yangtze, PLA toothbrushes from PolyAlloy and foamed ice cream packaging from Synbra.

Total Corbion PLA: booth S35085.

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