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Total Caribon PLA awards biopolymer plant contract to NextChem

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Maire Tecnimont S.p.A. has announced that its subsidiary NextChem has been awarded a contract by Total Corbion PLA, a 50/50 joint venture between Total and Corbion, to carry out a front-end engineering design for their 100 000 tpy poly lactic acid (PLA) plant in Grandpuits, France.

Maire Tecnimont Group claims that it’s heritage in polymerisation of traditional plastics combined with NextChem's portfolio of innovative solutions for green chemistry ensures the necessary know-how to manage this industrial initiative.

Pierroberto Folgiero, Maire Tecnimont Group and NextChem Chief Executive Officer, commented: “This award is a confirmation that our group is a trusted and valued technological and engineering partner for large-scale, innovative and complex projects. We are proud to work with a joint venture of our long-time client Total to increase the availability of sustainable plastics in Europe.”

Thomas Philipon, CEO of Total Corbion PLA, said: “Signing this contract with NextChem is an important milestone as it reinforces our commitment to the global bioplastic market as the first company to launch commercial scale Lactic Acid to PLA capability in Europe. We are proud to enable our customers to propose sizeable solutions to the market and support the circular economy development.”

Luminy® PLA resins are biobased and made from annually renewable resources, offering a reduced carbon footprint versus many traditional plastics. At the end of its useful life, PLA products can be mechanically or chemically recycled. The biodegradable and compostable functionalities of PLA make it the material of choice for a wide range of markets and applications including fresh fruit packaging, food service ware, durable consumer goods, toys and 3D printing.

Read the article online at: https://www.hydrocarbonengineering.com/petrochemicals/26042021/total-caribon-pla-awards-biopolymer-plant-contract-to-nextchem/

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