Further funding for PLA research / Accelerated bioplastics development programme
Bioplastics research firm Plaxica (London / UK; has received GBP 3m (EUR 3.6m) in additional funding for its work in the development of a more energy-efficient production process for polylactic acid (PLA). The funding consists of GBP 1.2m from the technology commercialisation and investment company Imperial Innovations (London / UK; and GBP 1.8m from other existing shareholders, including the Carbon Trust (Witney / UK;, a not-for-profit organisation created to accelerate the development of low carbon businesses.

The technology used by Plaxica is based on sustainable feedstocks, such as sugar cane, and is designed to commercialise a lower cost but stronger and higher quality polymer for use in packaging, textiles, electronics and automotive parts. The new funds will be used to accelerate development and scale its production.

Polylactic acid is by far the most successful biopolymer to date, accounting for approximately 40% of the market. However, due to the limitations of its physical, thermal and gas barrier properties, usage is generally restricted to one-trip food packaging applications, such as still water bottles and compostable bags. Plaxica’s PLA has much improved strength, flexibility, heat and hydrolysis resistance and barrier properties and combines the advantages of biopolymers with the utility of petrochemical-derived commodity plastics. Its novel and cost-effective technology was developed in the laboratories of Imperial College London.
27.08.2010 [217107]
Published on 27.08.2010

© 2001-2024  |  Imprint  |  Privacy  |  Cookie settings is a business information platform for the European plastics industry. It is part of KI Kunststoff Information and PIE Plastics Information Europe, one of the leading content providers for the European plastics industry. We offer daily updated business news and reports, in-depth market analysis, polymer prices and other services for the international plastics industry, including a suppliers guide, career opportunities, a trade name directory and videos.

News | Polymer Prices | Material Databases | Plastics Exchange | Suppliers Guide | Jobs | Register | Advertising

PIE – Plastics Information Europe | KI – Kunststoff Information | KunststoffWeb | Plastics Material Exchange | Polyglobe | K-Profi
© 2001-2024 by, Bad Homburg
Date of print: 13.04.2024 11:36:14   (Ref: 255425869)
Text and images are subject to copyright and other laws for protection of intellectual property.
Any duplication or distribution in any media as a whole or in parts requires prior written approval by Plasteurope. URL: