An intriguing European project aimed at developing a new polymerization route for PLA will kick off this month at the Fraunhofer Institute in Pfinztal (Germany).
Among the many bioplastics available today, one of the best known is polylactic acid, or PLA. And it's certainly one of the fastest growing: in August of last year, Germany-based nova-Institute published the preliminary results of a multi-client market survey of the international bioplastics market, which projected a production capacity of over 800,000 tons of PLA by the year 2020, up from around 180,000 tons in 2012. As Michael Carus, managing director of nova-Institute, noted: "PLA is definitely a polymer for the future."...