Chinaplas 2021 opened today as an in-person event in Shenzhen, PR China. This 34th edition of the country’s most important plastics and rubber trade fair runs through 16 April.
The show has drawn over 3600 exhibitors, spread across 19 theme areas.
Showcasing its offerings in the Bioplastics zone is Total Corbion PLA. The company is displaying a number of partner applications based on its proprietary Luminy PLA resins.
The Luminy PLA portfolio includes both high heat and standard PLA grades and is used in a wide range of markets from packaging to durable consumer goods and electronics. PLA is a biobased and industrially compostable polymer. Made from annually renewable resources, the resin offers a smaller carbon footprint than many traditional plastics.
The company has seen healthy demand for PLA in China, said Ryan Wang, General Manager China at Total Corbion PLA.
“Chinese consumers are motivated to contribute towards a more sustainable, circular society,” he said, adding that Luminy PLA can play a role in achieving that.
Total Corbion PLA is displaying a selection of PLA applications, among which the water bottles from Sansu: a bottle designed and developed with end-of-life in mind – launched with a take-back scheme and currently undergoing trials to be chemically recycled at the Total Corbion PLA production facility. In that connection, the company will also be launching Luminy PLA made from post-consumer and post-industrial PLA recycle in due course, it said.
Other applications on display include foamed single-use tableware from HI-TECH Ningbo and Bio-plus, nonwoven napkins from Shanghai Different Chemical Fiber, 3D printing filament by Northbridge, PLA-coated paper cups from Poshine and Shanghai Xin Xing, PLA straws from Top Green World Biotechnology, PLA film from Gaozheng, a computer mouse by Nager-IT, durable food storage containers by Huateng and single-use cups by Shenglin.
Total Corbion PLA currently operates a 75,000 tons per annum PLA production plant in Thailand, and recently announced the intention to build a second plant at Grandpuits, France.