Poly Lactic Acid Prices
Current Prices, Historical Series and Forecasts in Several Countries
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About Poly Lactic Acid. Polylactic Acid (a.k.a. PLA, Polylactide) is a thermoplastic aliphatic polyester. It is different than most thermoplastic in that it is a bioplastic, which means it is derived from a number of renewed biomass like starch and sugar cane via bacterial lactic fermentation. It is semi crystalline or amorphous, rigid, resilient and ultraviolet light resistant material, with similar characteristics to common petrochemical industry plastics such as polyethylene, polypropylene and polystyrene. Polylactic acid is used in plastic films, bottles and biodegradable medical devices. It figures among the most consumed bioplastics worldwide.
Chemical Formula. (C3H4O2)n
Commercial Grades. Film grade (for food packing); high-performance grades (PS, PP and ABS replacement)
Uses. High molecular weight Polylactic Acid is a colorless, glossy, rigid thermoplastic material with properties similar to polystyrene. Optically pure polymers such as poly(L-lactic acid) and poly(D-lactic acid) exhibit more suitable physical properties for commercial use. Poly(lactic acid) has a wide range of applications such as packaging, textiles, nonwovens, electronics, automotive parts, medicine and cutlery. Packaging is the largest application market nowadays, but it is believed that its application keep widening with the development of new heat resistant poly(lactic acid) blends. Such blends may result from the adition of additives such as nucleating agents or stabilizers, or even blending formulations between PDLA and PLLA.
- Lactic Acid (melt-phase polymerization process)
- Sugar Source (for Latic Acid production via fermentation, followed by polymerization)
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Methodology. The pricing data presented are, if not otherwise indicated, volume-weighted average transaction prices including contract and spot transactions in the locations specified. The information provided is obtained from gathering and refining of trade data officially reported for the respective countries (i.e., governmental agencies, institutions related to foreign trade and industry publications). For further details check our Methodology.
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