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October 2019 Plant Watch

By Mary Page Bailey |

Plant Watch Total-Corbion JV inaugurates PLA bioplastics plant in Thailand September 13, 2019 — Total Corbion PLA, a 50/50 joint venture (JV) between Total S.A. (Paris, France; www.total.com) and Corbion N.V. (Amsterdam, the Netherlands; www.corbion.com), has inaugurated its polylactic acid (PLA) bioplastics plant in Rayong, Thailand. With a production capacity of 75,000 metric tons per year (m.t./yr), the opening marks the startup of the world’s second-largest PLA plant.   Air Liquide to build H 2 manufacturing unit at Shell’s refinery in Batangas, Philippines September 13, 2019 — Air Liquide (Paris, France; www.airliquide.com) signed a contract to supply hydrogen to Shell’s Tabangao petroleum refinery in Batangas, Philippines. Air Liquide will invest €30 million to construct a hydrogen manufacturing unit, which will be fitted with a CO 2 -recovery process that captures and liquefies CO 2.   Mitsubishi Chemical to increase production of polyester films in Indonesia September 11, 2019 — Mitsubishi Chemical Corp. (Tokyo; www.m-chemical.co.jp) will invest about $130 million to build a new facility to increase polyester-film production capacity at its Indonesia-based subsidiary, MC PET Film Indonesia (MFI).…
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