Purac and Indorama Ventures PLC are discussing plans to build a 10,000-tons/yr polylactic acid (PLA) bioplastics plant in Thailand, utilizing Purac's lactide with plans to expand to 100,000 tonnes/yr of production. The lactide monomers for the PLA bioplastic would be sourced from Purac's production plant in Rayong, Thailand, as well as other Purac sites.
The products would be marketed by IVL through its existing global marketing and sales network. The companies say the resulting combination of Purac's lactide and a unique PLA production process would result in a polymer that is stable at much higher temperature ranges than other bioplastics. The resulting polymer can be used for textile and packaging applications, including upholstery, disposable garments, awnings, food packaging, and disposable tableware....