19 April 2012

Purac brings groundbreaking solutions for heat resistant PLA bioplastics to PLAS 2012

PURALACT® Lactide innovations open up new possibilities for producers seeking high performance biobased plastic solutions

Purac will be presenting groundbreaking heat resistant solutions for Poly Lactic Acid (PLA) at PLAST 2012 which will be held from 8-12 May in Milan, Italy.

At PLAST 2012 – one of the most important exhibitions for the plastics and rubber industry worldwide – Purac will present its recent PURALACT® Lactide innovations. These innovations open up new possibilities for producers seeking high performance biobased plastic solutions.

Purac’s solutions for improved heat resistant PLA for the injection molding, thermoforming, extrusion, foam and fiber industries unlock bioplastic potential for durable applications in a range of high end markets such as automotive, carpet, clothing and consumer electronics and appliances. PLA now offers the possibility to replace PS, PP and ABS in those applications where heat resistance is a key requirement.

PURALACT® L & D based homo polymers – known as PLLA and PDLA – are the key to this improved heat performance and are now commercially available. Purac’s technology offers the possibility to increase the heat stability of PLA to reach 80 to 180 degrees Celsius.

At PLAST 2012, Purac will demonstrate its capabilities by presenting thin wall thermoformed hot beverage cups produced from PURALACT® based PLA which are able to resist the high temperatures that are associated with hot beverages like tea or coffee.

Source: Purac, Press Release, 2012-04-19.

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