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Thyssenkrupp to supply PLAneo process for new polylactide facility in China

September 23/2020

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Nanjing?Thyssenkrupp has won an order from an unnamed client to build a new polylactide (PLA) plant in South China based on its patented PLAneo technology, according to Apic-online.

The facility, scheduled to begin operation in fall of 2021, will produce 30,000 t/y of PLA, a compostable bioplastic made from 100% renewable biomass, making it an "eco-friendly, low-carbon dioxide and economic alternative" to conventional oil-based plastics, Thyssenkrupp noted.

Thyssenkrupp will be responsible for designing the plant and supplying the key components. 

Value of the contract was not given.

As MRC wrote before, this summer, Thyssenkrupp and BASF said that they had signed a joint development agreement to expand their cooperation on the STAR dehydrogenation process. The proprietary technology developed by Thyssenkrupp produces propylene from propane feedstock, or iso-butylene from iso-butane feedstock. Under the collaboration, the partners aim to significantly increase the resource and energy efficiency through targeted improvements in catalyst and plant design. Thyssenkrupp will focus on process and BASF on catalyst development. The aim is to lower plant investment and operating costs and to reduce CO2 emissions in the in the future.

Propylene is the main feedstock for the production of polypropylene (PP).

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, overall PP production in Russia increased in January-July 2020 by 24% year on year to 1,063,700 tonne. ZapSibNeftekhim accounted for the main increase in the output.
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:bioplastics, PP, propylene, BASF, Thyssenkrupp, Germany, China, Russia.
Category:General News
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