01 December 2010 17:43 [Source: ICIS news]
DUSSELDORF (ICIS)--Purac’s 75,000 tonne/year lactide plant in Rayong, ?xml:namespace>
Purac said the plant, which cost €45m ($59m) to build, would produce monomers for bioplastics to meet its current level of demand and accelerate the group’s market development.
Sicco de Vos, a principal specialist in polymer technology for Purac, said the plant would play a leading role in the development of the market for lactic acid-based bioplastics, in particular polylactic acid (PLA).
De Vos, speaking at the 5th European bioplastics conference in
He said that if demand for the product increased, Purac would look at options to expand production as it already had room at the site to grow capacity.
“If demand continues to grow, we are ready to build further,” de Vos said.
The 5th European Bioplastics Conference is being held on 1-2 December.
Purac is a subsidiary of Dutch firm CSM.
($1 = €0.77)
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