“PLA bioplastics will also drive further development and growth of lactic acid, which is at the centre of Corbion’s strategy to develop sustainable ingredient solutions to improve the quality of life for people today and for future generations.”
Total Corbion PLA, a 50/50 joint venture between oil giant Total and Dutch biochemicals specialist Corbion, has inaugurated its 75,000 tons per year PLA (polylactic acid) bioplastics plant in Rayong, Thailand.
According to both companies, the opening celebrates the start-up of the world’s second largest PLA plant, which enabled an increase in available production capacity for this versatile biopolymer by almost 50%.
The grand opening ceremony, which took place on 9 September, 2019, was chaired by Duangjai Asawachintachit, Secretary General of the Thailand Board of Investment.
The official ribbon cutting was performed by Asawachintachit, Stéphane Dion, CEO at Total Corbion PLA, as well as the two parent companies of the joint venture, represented by Valérie Goff, Senior Vice President Polymers, Refining & Chemicals at Total, together with Marc den Hartog, Executive Vice President Innovation Platforms at Corbion.
“This is a moment of great pride for me and the teams of Total Corbion PLA,” said Dion. “In addition to its functionality attributes, PLA brings concrete solutions in terms of sustainability, and we are glad that our state-of-the-art plant is up and running to cater for the growing needs of the market.”
“The creation of sustainable growth with PLA bioplastics truly fits with our ambition to build new business platforms, applying disruptive technologies. PLA bioplastics will also drive further development and growth of lactic acid, which is at the centre of Corbion’s strategy to develop sustainable ingredient solutions to improve the quality of life for people today and for future generations,” added Den Hartog.
“I’m very pleased to inaugurate Total Corbion PLA’s plant today, which has started up rapidly and now serves customers all around the globe” said Valérie Goff. “PLA bioplastics will help meeting the rising demand for polymers while contributing to reducing end-of-life concerns.”