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P.O. Box 21, 4200 AA Gorinchem
Arkelsedijk 46, 4206 AC Gorinchem

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Our range of products

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  • 02  Packaging materials, packaging means, auxiliary packaging means and packaging production
  • 02.01  Packaging materials
  • 02.01.03  Packaging materials / Plastic (pellets, films)
  •  Packaging materials / Bio plastics
  •  Packaging materials / Polyactid Acid (PLA)

Packaging materials / Polyactid Acid (PLA)

Our products

Product category: Packaging materials / Polyactid Acid (PLA)

PLA polymers

Luminy neat PLA resins, and sample compounds from Total Corbion PLA
Luminy® is a range of specially developed high performance PLA polymer resins, which are compliant with the most relevant regulations and requirements related to bioplastics:

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•    Approved for EU food contact applications (EC No. 1935/2004 and No. 10/2011)
•    EN 13432 standard for industrial composting (OK Compost and Seedling certified)
•    Biobased content of 100%
•    REACH compliant
•    Made from European sugar beet and Thai sugarcane: these are always GMO-free crops

Reduced carbon footprint (peer reviewed LCA study available)
Our new portfolio of neat PLA resins includes products in four categories:

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•    High heat PLA for injection molding (L105, L130),
•    High heat PLA (L175) and standard PLA (LX175) for extrusion/thermoforming,
•    High heat PLA (L130, L175) and standard PLA (LX175) for fiber spinning
•    PDLA as a nucleating agent for high heat PLA (D070) and PDLA in medium viscosity (D120).
Our Application Development Team is ready to support technical enquiries related to high heat PLA, standard PLA and PDLA as well as PLA compounded blends for any application.

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Product category: Packaging materials / Polyactid Acid (PLA)

Processing PLA

Processing PLA bioplastics
Poly Lactic Acid (PLA) bioplastics can be processed using existing equipment across a variety of methods, including extrusion, thermoforming, injection molding and fiber spinning.

Storage and pre-drying
We recommended storing PLA neat resin and PLA compounds in their closed, original packaging at ambient conditions (around 15-35°C).

Before processing, it is recommended to pre-dry the material. In most cases, pre-drying the material for 4 – 6 hours at 80°C in a dessicant dryer is sufficient. When exposed to air, moisture uptake can reach critical levels within 10 minutes. Our team of processing experts can offer more detailed advice and recommendations.

Choosing the right grade of PLA
A portfolio of neat PLA resins are available, ranging in viscosity and stereochemical purity. Depending on your product and processing requirements, we can help you select the most optimal grade of PLA.

The product portfolio includes standard PLA, PLLA homopolymers and PDLA homopolymers. PLLA and PDLA homopolymers are also often referred to as high heat PLA or PLA homopolymers.
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Standard PLA and PLLA/PDLA homopolymers can be processed on conventional compounding equipment. A co-rotating twin screw extruder with a minimum L/D ratio of 28 is ideal; while conventional pelletizing technologies can be used (including strand and underwater pelletizers).

Extrusion & thermoforming
Neat PLA resin, PLA compounds and our high heat PLA homopolymers can be processed using the traditional extrusion, film blowing and / or thermoforming process.

Working with industry partners, we’ve developed a high heat resistant extrusion and thermoforming recipe based on our PLA homopolymers: It crystalizes fast enough to allow thermoforming production speeds in the same range as conventional PS thermoforming speeds. The recipe is available as pre-compound but could also be made by adding the various ingredients on the extrusion line. The resulting material has a high crystallinity that results in increased heat resistance. Our in-house processing experts can offer advice and help you during PLA extrusion and thermoforming trials.

Injection molding
PLA and PLA compounds can be processed using conventional injection molding equipment. As mentioned, sufficient predrying is strongly recommended.

If high heat is not required and / or in case transparent products are produced, standard PLA can be processed in a cold mold.

In order to achieve products with a higher heat resistance, it is recommended to use a high heat PLA compound. Optimum heat performance and cycle time are achieved when PLA is processed on a hot mold, ranging in temperature from 90 to 100°C.The resulting parts will have a semi-crystalline PLA structure which results in a higher HDT/B temperature resistance.

Our in-house team of downstream processing experts can help you with production trials and blend selection; so don’t hesitate to contact us with your bioplastic challenges.

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Product category: Packaging materials / Polyactid Acid (PLA)

Lactide monomers

PURALACT: Pure quality lactides for high performance PLA
PURALACT® is the name for our high performance lactides: The base monomer used to create Poly Lactic Acid (PLA).

For our polymerization customers, Total Corbion PLA offers PURALACT L lactide monomers (download datasheet)

For a more specific lactide monomer recommendation, please contact us.

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About us

Company details

About Total Corbion PLA
Total Corbion PLA is a global technology leader in Poly Lactic Acid (PLA) and lactide monomers. PLA is a biobased 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.

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Target groups
  • Food
  • Confectionery products
  • Bakery products
  • Cosmetics
  • Industrial goods
  • Beverages
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Consumer goods (non-food)