NEWS Total Corbion starts up PLA plant

Total-Corbion announced the start-up of its 55,000 tonnes/yr PLA bioplastic plant at Rayong in Thailand in December. The move makes the company the world’s second largest player in PLA after US-based Natureworks. The facility will produce a

full range of PLA resins, which will be sold under the Luminy name, including standard and high heat resistant grades. It is integrated with a 100,000 tonnes/yr plant producing lactides from locally-grown sugar cane and is located on the same site as Total- Corbion’s 1,000 tonnes/yr pilot plant, which will provide a product develop-

Mitsubishi buys into ELG

Japan’s Mitsubishi is to acquire a 25% stake in UK-based ELG Carbon Fibre (ECF), which repro- cesses surplus post-indus- trial and end-of-life carbon fibre reinforced plastics. It is buying the stake

from a subsidiary of ELG Haniel in Germany. Financial terms were not disclosed. Mitsubishi will market ECF products through its existing sale channels for plastic resins. Mitsubishi said that although Japan produced 70% of the world’s carbon fibre, recycling has not developed so rapidly. �


Total Corbion’s PLA plant in Thailand is now in operation

ment capability. “The start-up of this

state-of-the-art plant establishes Total Corbion as a world-scale PLA bioplas- tics 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 bio-based prod- ucts with lower carbon footprints,” said Total Corbion CEO Stephane Dion. �

n In a separate move, process equipment produc- ers Futero, Sulzer and TechnipFMC have an- nounced the formation of a new partnership to offer turnkey plant for production of PLA bioplastics. The PLAnet partnership is intended to support construction of plant with a throughput of up to 100,000 tonnes/yr. It brings together Galactic group company Futerro’s proprietary technology for production of lactic acid and raw lactides, Sulzer’s lactide purification and polymerisa- tion know-how, and Tech- nipFMC’s plant design and engineering skills. �

Bruno Peter adds more capacity

Swiss colour and additive masterbatch producer Bruno Peter is expanding its production facility at Büren an der Aare with the addition of a new STS 35 Mc11

twin-screw extruder

from Coperion. The new machine, which

is currently being installed, will provide an extra 650

tonnes/yr of capacity and will be able to produce at up to 300 kg/hour. It was selected in part for its suitability for fast product changeovers and ease of cleaning. “We have opted for a solution to expand our production capacity that can be seamlessly integrated

into our order structure,” said Managing Director Thomas Peter. “When manufacturing masterbatches, we need to react to recipe changes increasingly quickly and quick product changes are crucial for being able to pro- duce economically,” he said. �

Perstorp to exit caprolactone

Perstorp is to sell its Capa caprolactone business, including its production site at Warrington, in the UK, to Ingevity for about €590m. The business, which has annual revenues

of some €150m, has been part of Perstorp for ten years, over which time operating margins have increased by almost 50%. Perstorp, which itself changed ownership in September 2018 to a new fund managed


by PAI Partners with Landmark Partners as lead investor, said the sale “will unlock significant value and is in line with Perstorp’s track record of successful divestments”. The company said it will focus on its

polyol, oxo and feed businesses for the future, seeking opportunities for, among other things, its phthalate-free plasticiser Pevalen. �


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