January 5, 2009

Teijin expands bioplastic output

This summer, Japan chemical company Teijin plans to fully commercialize its BIOFRONT plastic, a stereo-complex polylactic acid (PLA) made with high-purity L-lactate and D-lactate which was introduced in 2007. Teijin says one of BIOFRONT’s noteworthy characteristics is its melting point of 210°C, a significant improvement over the 170°C melting point of conventional PLAs. At 210°C, BIOFRONT could rival that of polybutylene terephthalate (PBT), a commonly heat-resistant plastic made from oil.

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