December 1, 2010

December bioplastic updates

Here are some bioplastics news I received late last month while I'm struggling with my now 3-week old cold. But first, Purac announced today that it has developed a polylactic acid (PLA) compound comparable to the common thermoplastic acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) in terms of heat stability and impact strength.

Purac's new bioplastic combines the company's L-Lactide and D-Lactide monomers technology. The PLA compound can be used in injection molding applications.  The company is currently building a 75,000 tons/year Lactide plant in Thailand which will start in the fourth quarter of 2011.




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