China’s first bioplastics plant begins operations


In China, thyssenkrupp has commissioned a biobased polylactic acid using technology developed by its subsidiary Uhde Inventa-Fischer.

The Changchun plant, China’s first bioplastics production unit, is operated by Jilin COFCO Biomaterial Corporation and produces all standard PLA grades.

“The bioplastics market will continue to grow in the coming years, not least due to the increasing environmental awareness of industry, governments and consumers,” says Sami Pelkonen, CEO of the Electrolysis & Polymers Technologies business unit of thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions. “With our PLAneo® technology we want to do our bit to make the plastics sector more sustainable and resource-friendly. With it we enable our customers to produce high-quality bioplastics with a wide range of properties–at a price that is competitive with conventional plastics.”