Corbion Purac, based in Gorinchem, Netherlands, plans to build a €60m (US$74m) polylactic acid (PLA) production plant in Thailand with an annual output of 75,000 tonnes – if it can sell at least a third of that volume in advance.
“As part of our strategic review we [have] confirmed [that] there is an attractive demand outlook for PLA, albeit at a lower growth pace than previously assumed,” said chief executive officer Tjerk de Ruiter.
“Given our strong position in lactic acid, our unique high heat technology and the market need for a second PLA producer, we plan to forward integrate in the bioplastics value chain, from being a lactide provider to a PLA producer.
“We will only commence with this investment if we can secure at least one-third of plant capacity in committed PLA volumes from customers.”
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