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Futerro Starts PLA Unit Bayer Boosts Polyisocyanates

12:58 PM MST | December 1, 2009

Total Petrochemicals says Futerro, its 50-50 joint venture with biotechnology company Galactic (Brussels), has started up production at its 1,500 m.t./year bio-based polylactic acid (PLA) demo unit at Escanaffles, Belgium. Engineers will use the unit to test and improve Futerro’s two-step process, which involves fermentation of sugar from beets followed by polymerization of the monomer to produce biodegradable plastic granules. The evaluation period is expected to last about six months, Total says. Bayer MaterialScience says it has completed an expansion of...

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