Total Corbion PLA Launches Operation for PLA Polymers Production & Marketing

SpecialChem - March 23rd, 2017
Total Corbion PLA has officially launched its operations to produce and market Poly Lactic Acid (PLA) polymers. PLA is a bio-based and biodegradable polymer made from annually renewable resources. As announced by parent companies Total and Corbion last November, the new company is a 50/50 joint venture based in the Netherlands.

World-class PLA Polymerization Plant


Total Corbion PLA’s world-class PLA polymerization plant, with a capacity of 75,000 tons per year, is currently under construction at Corbion’s site in Thailand. The plant start-up is planned for the second half of 2018 and will produce a full range of Luminy® PLA neat resins: from standard PLA to specialty, high heat resistant PLA.

Corbion’s existing lactide plant has been transferred into Total Corbion PLA, as well as the existing Corbion bioplastics commercial and technical teams, who will continue to market lactide and PLA resins and support current and future customers.


Stéphane Dion, newly appointed CEO of Total Corbion PLA, stated:

“In the fast-growing bioplastics arena, our new company is committed to supplying a versatile and innovative material that is both bio-based and biodegradable, bringing added value to customers and contributing to a more sustainable world for ourselves and future generations.”

François de Bie, Total Corbion PLA’s Senior Marketing Director, commented:

“The start-up of operations marks an important milestone for PLA, and our commercial and technical teams are delighted to have two strong parent companies supporting the future of bioplastics.”

PLA Polymer

  • PLA is a fast-growing polymer market segment with an estimated annual growth rate of 10 to 15% to 2025. 
  • Biodegradable and industrially compostable, PLA is one of the first renewable polymers able to compete with existing polymers, combining unique functional properties like transparency, gloss and stiffness. 
  • PLA is currently used in a broad range of markets, including food packaging, single-use tableware, textiles, oil and gas, electronics, automotive and 3D printing.

About Total Corbion PLA


Total Corbion PLA is among the global technology leaders in Poly Lactic Acid (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. The Luminy® PLA portfolio, which includes both high heat and standard PLA grades, is an innovative material that is used in a wide range of markets from packaging to consumer goods, fibers and automotive. Total Corbion PLA, headquartered in the Netherlands, will start up a new production plant in Thailand in the second half of 2018. The company is a 50/50 joint venture between Total and Corbion.

About Corbion


Corbion is among the global market leaders in lactic acid and lactide derivatives, and among the leading companies in emulsifiers, functional enzyme blends, minerals and vitamins. The company delivers high performance biobased products made from renewable resources and applied in global markets such as bakery, meat, pharmaceuticals and medical devices, home and personal care, packaging, automotive, coatings and adhesives. Its products have a differentiating functionality in all kinds of consumer products worldwide. In 2015, Corbion generated annual sales of EUR 918.3 million and had a workforce of 1,673 FTE. Corbion is listed on the Euronext Amsterdam.

About Total


Total is a global integrated energy producer and provider, among the leading international oil and gas companies, and among the world’s top ranked solar energy operators with SunPower. Their 96,000 employees are committed to better energy that is safer, cleaner, more efficient, more innovative and accessible to as many people as possible. As a responsible corporate citizen, Total focuses on ensuring their operations in more than 130 countries worldwide consistently deliver economic, social and environmental benefits.
Source: Total Corbion
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