We are at the weekend and, before saying goodbye to the few hours that still remain on Sunday, it is time to talk about an agreement between the Dutch company Corbion and the French oil company Total in terms of manufacturing and global marketing of PLA plastic, which today is obtained from plant products such as corn starch or sugar cane and which, due to its nature, degrades naturally in the environment environment.
This plastic is made up of lactic acid molecules in a polymer chain. Due to its properties it has become extremely popular in recent years thanks to the fact that it can be used with great quality guarantees and above all to its ease of use in 3D printers of type FFF (manufacture by fused filament) or of type FDM (modeling by fused deposition) since, as you surely know, practically no suffers from the dreaded 'warping'while you don't need a hot build base.
Corbion and Total will create a new PLA plastic factory in Thailand.
In turn, as discussed in the press release released by both companies, one of the main attractions to use PLA plastic in all types of companies that are including 3D printing manufacturing to their production lines, was that , thanks to your ability to biodegrade, it offered that plus of 'eco-responsibility'which tends to be liked so much, especially by the largest multinationals.
Regarding the agreement reached, it should be noted that both Corbion and Total have agreed to build a new factory at Corbion's facilities in Thailand with a production capacity of 75.000 tons. This new joint venture will be 50% owned by each company and it will be headquartered in the Netherlands. As a final detail, it should be noted that operations are expected to begin in early 2017.