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11-15-2016

Corbion Starts Construction of PLA Bioplastics Plant

Dr Atchaka Sibunruang, Minister of Industry and Corbion’s CEO Tjerk de Ruiter place the memory stone (© Corbion)

Dr Atchaka Sibunruang, Minister of Industry and Corbion’s CEO Tjerk de Ruiter place the memory stone (© Corbion)

The ground breaking ceremony which took place on November 9th, 2016 marked the official start of construction of the new PLA bioplastics polymerization plant at the existing Corbion site in Rayong, Thailand. Upon completion in 2018, it will be able to produce the complete Luminy portfolio of PLA neat resins.

The new 75 kT/a PLA plant will be constructed using Corbion's and Sulzer's proprietory polymerization technology, and key equipment will be supplied by Sulzer Chemtech Ltd, Switzerland. In addition to the construction of this new PLA polymerization plant, Corbion will expand its existing lactide plant in Thailand by 25 kTpa. With this expansion, Corbion, Netherlands, will be able to serve its current and future lactide customers. The lactide expansion will also enable the production of a wider range of lactides than is currently possible. The targeted start‐up date for the PLA polymerization plant and the lactide expansion is in the second half of 2018.

In his speech, CEO Tjerk de Ruiter highlighted the importance of this milestone: “At Corbion, we believe in building a great future for the people of today and generations to come … that’s what we do here in Thailand with the construction of this plant, biobased and biodegradable plastics will certainly help to minimize adverse impacts on human health and the environment."

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