First PLA plant using ThyssenKrupp process starts in China / “Resource friendly”
The first commercial PLA plant using the “PLAneo” process developed by German engineering group ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions (Essen; has gone on stream at Jilin Cofco Biomaterials, a subsidiary agricultural group Cofco (Beijing / China;, in Changchun in the northeastern province of Jilin – see of 09.01.2017. According to's Polyglobe database (, the facility has capacity to produce 10,000 t/y of the bioplastic.

ThyssenKrupp, which also supplied engineering and key components for the Chinese unit, began developing the technology at a pilot plant in Guben / Germany in 2010 – see of 05.12.2011. The process, the group says, converts lactic acid into PLA in a “particularly efficient and resource-friendly way.” Another advantage is that it also can be scaled up for large-scale plants capable of producing up to 100,000 t/y. Underscoring the technology’s economics, Sam Pelkonen, CEO of the business unit Electrolysis & Polymers Technologies, said it enables production of high quality bioplastics with a wide range of properties at a price competitive with conventional plastics.

26.10.2018 [240963-0]
Published on 26.10.2018
Cofco: PLA-Anlage mit thyssenkrupp-TechnologieGerman version of this article...

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