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Corbion to expand lactic acid production at Blair, Nebraska site

February 05/2021

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Corbion (Amsterdam, Netherlands) announced on Thursday that it will expand lactic acid production at its Blair, Nebraska, facility by 40% to meet growing demand for natural ingredients, said Chemweek.

The use of lactic acid and its derivatives as ingredients in foods and beverages for safe preservation and in home and personal care products for disinfection and hygiene has increased steadily in the Americas over the past five years, Corbion says. Manufacturers of food, home, and personal care products worldwide are finding the efficacy, consumer-friendliness, and sustainability advantages offered by lactic acid-based solutions to be highly valuable in responding to multifaceted market pressures, it adds.

Corbion also operates lactic acid production facilities in the Netherlands, Brazil, Spain, and Thailand, and early last year announced plans to build a new lactic acid plant at its existing site in Rayong Province, Thailand, to help meet global demand.

As per MRC, Total Corbion PLA, a 50/50 joint venture between Total and Corbion, announced the start-up of its 75,000 tonnes per year PLA (Poly Lactic Acid) bioplastics plant in Rayong, Thailand. The plant has successfully produced Luminy PLA resins. This bioplastic provides a valuable contribution towards the circular economy being 100% renewable and biodegradable and offering multiple environmentally-friendly waste solutions.

As per MRC, Total Petrochemicals and Refining USA announced a 6 cents / lb (USD132 / t) increase in February prices for polypropylene (PP) in the US. The increase in PS prices will come into force on February 1. According to the letter, Total's February price hike is on top of previously announced price increases.

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's polypropylene (PP) shipments to the Russian market reached 1 240,000 tonnes in 2020 (calculated using the formula: production, minus exports, plus imports, excluding producers' inventories as of 1 January, 2020).
Author:Anna Larionova
Tags:PP, PE, propylene, Corbion, Total Petrochemicals.
Category:General News
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