Enhanced PLA compounds

FKuR (Willich, Germany) and Synbra ( Etten-Leur, The Netherlands) announced a "second generation" PLA (lactic acid polymer) GMO free and heat resistant. The PLA polymerization takes place in Synbra’s new plant in Etten-Leur with a capacity of 5000 t/a. The lactide feedstock is produced in Purac’s fermentation process.
FKUR and Synbra are targeting at high temperature applications to date not accessible for bioplastics. By blending almost 100% pure PLLA with PDLA at high temperatures, a stereocomplex PLA (sc-PLA) can be formed with properties that excel the ones of the individual homopolymers. The melting temperature of the complex is around 220°C which is 50°C higher than that of conventional PLA.
FKuR Kunststoff GmbH produces and markets special, customized biopolymers under the brand names Bio-Flex® (polylactic acid/copolyester compound), Biograde® (celluloseester compound) and Fibrolon® (natural fibre reinforced polymers).
Synbra Technology bv in Etten-Leur, The Netherlands, is the in-house polymerisation and R&D facility ‘Technology & Innovation’ and the centre of excellence in materials and product development in the Synbra Group. Synbra has a leading position in Europe regarding Expandable Polystyrene (EPS) for Sustainable Insulation Systems and Industrial Products & Solutions for a wide diversity of markets. Synbra Holding achieves a turnover of € 300 Million with about 1400 employees in The Netherlands, Germany, France, Denmark, the United Kingdom and Portugal.  A recent example of the Synbra group’s innovations is BioFoam®.