Futerro starts up Belgium polylactic acid bioplastics demo unit

10 November 2009 10:27  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS news)--Futerro has started up its polylactic acid (PLA) bioplastics demonstration unit at Escanaffles, Belgium, the company said on Tuesday.

Futerro, a 50:50 joint venture between Galactic and Total Petrochemicals, built the unit to test a technology for the production of PLA from renewable vegetables, the company said in a statement.

“The demo unit, which has a capacity of 1,500 tonnes per year, will be used to test and improve the successive steps in this process [for producing PLA] during an internal evaluation, which is expected to last around six months,” the statement said.

“By that time, Futerro will be able to offer a full range of products made from lactic acid, including lactide, oligomers and PLA polymers for the packaging market,” the statement said.

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