In each issue of the Bioplastics Bulletin, we present 5 facts about a member of European Bioplastics. In this issue, Floris Buijzen, Senior Product MarketManager for TotalEnergies Corbion, shares some interesting insights on his company.
5 facts about TotalEnergies Corbion, Netherlands
TotalEnergies Corbion has launched the world’s first commercially available chemically recycled bioplastics product end of 2021. The Luminy® recycled polylactic acid (PLA) grades boast the same properties, characteristics, and regulatory approvals as virgin Luminy® PLA, but are partially made from post-industrial and post-consumer PLA waste. TotalEnergies Corbion is already receiving and depolymerizing reprocessed PLA waste, which is then purified and polymerized back into commercially available Luminy® rPLA. TotalEnergies Corbion expects that the growing demand for rPLA will also boost the collecting, sorting, and reprocessing of post-use PLA for both mechanical and chemical recycling.
TotalEnergies Corbion is the first PLA producer to have received Bonsucro chain-of-custody certification for its Luminy® PLA portfolio. This allows converters and brand owners to use a certified PLA bioplastic that has been produced from sugarcane grown supporting the principles of sustainable agriculture.
TotalEnergies Corbion’s Luminy® PLA portfolio includes products in four categories that can be used in various conversion technologies: (1) High heat PLA for demanding applications, (2) Standard PLA for general purpose applications, (3) Low heat PLA typically used as seal layer, and (4) PDLA used either as a nucleating agent or to create full stereocomplex compounds.
TotalEnergies Corbion is a global technology leader in PLA and lactide monomers. PLA is a bio-based and biodegradable polymer made from annually renewable resources, offering a reduced carbon footprint versus many traditional plastics.
TotalEnergies Corbion, headquartered in the Netherlands, is a 50/50 Joint Venture between TotalEnergies and Corbion and operates a 75,000 tons per year PLA production facility in Rayong, Thailand. TotalEnergies Corbion recently announced the intention to build a second plant in Grandpuits, France with a capacity of 100,000 tons PLA per year.