Purac develops a PLA compound with engineering plastics properties
01 December 2010. Back
Purac has developed a PLA compound with heat stability
and impact strength comparable to ABS. This material utilizes
stereo-complex technology which is based on Purac's unique
L-Lactide and D-Lactide monomers for the second generation PLA. The
new PLA compound performs at a comparable level to ABS in injection
"Purac's L-Lactide and D-Lactide monomers now create solutions for
high value added applications. We are proud that we have achieved
this milestone, as it will further enhance the application of PLA
in semi-durables and consumer goods", says Dr. Kees Joziasse,
Manager of Purac's Innovation Center for PLA.
Purac will continue to develop PLA applications for use in
automotive, electronics and electrical appliances together with its
technology and business partners in the bioplastics value chain.
These sustainable solutions are welcomed by industrial stakeholders
and consumers because of their performance and eco-profile. Purac
is currently building a 75,000 tons per year Lactide plant in
Thailand which will enable its partners to bring new products to
the market. The plant is scheduled to start production in the
fourth quarter of 2011.