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Total Corbion PLA launches full stereocomplex PLA technology 

Total Corbion PLA, global technology leader in Poly Lactic Acid (PLA) has announced the development and commercial availability of a proprietary, novel technology that can create full stereocomplex PLA in a broad range of industrial applications.

Stereocomplex PLA is a material with long, regularly interlocking polymer chains. Total Corbion, based in the Netherlands, said the technology will enable PLA applications able to withstand temperatures close to 200°C (HDT-A), thus unlocking a range of new application possibilities, and providing a biobased replacement for PBT and PA glass fiber reinforced products. Potential new applications include, for example, injection molded under-the-hood automotive components made from glass fiber reinforced stereocomplex PLA; these offer both a higher biobased content and a reduced carbon footprint. The technology can provide these same sustainability benefits to the wider automotive, aerospace, electronics, home appliance, marine and construction industries.

“Over the past decades, the benefits of full stereocomplex PLA have been studied by universities and R&D departments on a laboratory scale”, says Stefan Barot, Senior Business Director Asia Pacific. “Now, Total Corbion PLA is the first company to scale up this technology and make it available for a broad range of industrial applications. The technology enables full stereocomplex morphology not only in the lab environment but also in commercial production facilities”.

Samples of glass fiber reinforced stereocomplex PLA will be made available to those wanting to test the new technology. Total Corbion PLA is now looking for brand owners, converters and compounders that wish to validate and capitalize on this new technology.


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» Publication Date: 03/05/2018

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