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Polylactic Acid
Polylactic Acid (PLA) is the biodegradable polymer of lactic acid. For the last decades, PLA has been mainly used in biomedical applications. The development of economical production routes and a rising environmental awareness have pushed PLA uses to new markets, including consumer goods and packaging applications. PLA is produced via two main routes: an indirect route via lactide intermediate, and a direct polymerization by polycondensation. The indirect route is the most common, and is employed by two of the major PLA producers: NatureWorks and Corbion-Purac.

Polylactic Acid Production Cost Reports - 2019/20

Capital Investment & Operating Cost of Polylactic Acid Plants

Polylactic Acid (PLA) is the biodegradable polymer of lactic acid. For the last decades, PLA has been mainly used in biomedical applications. The development of economical production routes and a rising environmental awareness have pushed PLA uses to new markets, including consumer goods and packaging applications. PLA is produced via two main routes: an indirect route via lactide intermediate, and a direct polymerization by polycondensation. The indirect route is the most common, and is employed by two of the major PLA producers: NatureWorks and Corbion-Purac.

Intratec offers professional, easy-to-understand reports examining Polylactic Acid production. Each study describes an industrial plant, including main process units and site infrastructure, and presents an independent analysis of capital and operating costs. All reports are based on the most recent economic data available (2019/20).

Polylactic Acid Production - Cost Analysis | PLA E11A
This report presents the economics of Polylactic Acid (PLA) production from lactic acid using a melt process similar to the one proposed by NatureWorks. The economic analysis presented is based on a plant constructed in the USA.

Analysis Basis: USA   |   2019 Q1   |   97 pages   Starting at $899

Polylactic Acid Production from Glucose - Cost Analysis | PLA E21A
This study approaches the economics of Polylactic Acid production from glucose syrup in the United States. First lactic acid is produced from glucose syrup using a fermentation process, in a process similar to Cargill process. Then lactic acid is polymerized into poly(lactic acid) using a melt-phase polymerization process similar to the one proposed by NatureWorks.

Analysis Basis: USA   |   2019 Q1   |   101 pages   Starting at $1,199

Polylactic Acid Production from Raw Sugar - Cost Analysis | PLA E31B
This study approaches the economics of Polylactic Acid production from raw sugar in Germany. First lactic acid is produced from raw sugar using a fermentation process, in a process similar to Cargill process. Then lactic acid is polymerized into poly(lactic acid) using a melt-phase polymerization process similar to the one proposed by NatureWorks.

Analysis Basis: Germany   |   2019 Q1   |   104 pages   Starting at $1,199

Polylactic Acid Production from Corn - Cost Analysis | PLA E41A
This study approaches the economics of Polylactic Acid production from corn in the United States. Corn is first converted into Dextrose via wet milling and hydrolysis. Then, dextrose is fermented into lactic acid in a process similar to Cargill process. Finally, lactic acid is polymerized into poly(lactic acid) using a melt-phase polymerization process similar to the one proposed by NatureWorks. Residues formed during dextrose production are sold as by-product.

Analysis Basis: USA   |   2019 Q1   |   107 pages   Starting at $1,499

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