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thyssenkrupp to build second bioplastics plant in China

By Gerald Ondrey |

Source: thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions[/caption] thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions AG (Essen, Germany) recently won another order to build a bioplastics plant based on the patented PLAneo technology. It will be built in South China and will produce 30,000 tons/yr of polylactide (PLA). PLA is a compostable bioplastic made from 100% renewable biomass, making it an eco-friendly, low-CO2 and economic alternative to conventional oil-based plastics.  “In a world where environmental awareness is increasing, the market for bioplastics is growing all the time. Thanks to its versatility, PLA in particular has great potential to bring sustainable change not only in the packaging industry but also in other sectors such as the food, consumer goods and automotive industries. We want to support this development with our PLAneo technology,” says Sami Pelkonen, CEO of the Electrolysis & Polymers Technologies business unit. “At the same time this second order will strengthen our position on the Asian market, which currently represents around half of the world’s bioplastic production capacities.” The new plant will produce PLA among other things for the manufacture of eco-friendly packaging, fibers, textiles and engineering plastics,…
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