Published On: Fri, Oct 14th, 2016

Corbion to introduce new Luminy brand of PLA at K 2016

Under the theme “Shaping the future of performance PLA bioplastics”, Corbion will be launching at K 2016 a new brand name Luminy comprising the entire neat resin polylactic acid (PLA) portfolio.

The name Luminy is a reflection of the innovative, bright nature of PLA, alongside the natural, renewable origins – sunlight that provides life to feedstock for this new plastic, explained the company. The portfolio includes both high heat and standard PLA resins.

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Corbion to introduce new Luminy brand of PLA at K 2016

Applications on display will include a new bioplastic mouse from Nager‐IT as well as the bioplastic touchscreen computer from SUPLA and Kuender. Also, high performance under‐the‐hood and interior automotive parts from Roechling and Plantura and the BioFoam surfboard from Synbra will be shown. These parts demonstrate the performance possibilities for applications with high heat PLA.

The popular high heat single‐use coffee cups and injection molded multi‐use cups will also be demonstrated with a live barista on the stand.

One new application is the PLA bioplastic root protection containers developed to improve agricultural and environmental efficiency of rubber trees in Thailand: an application that has been nominated for the Bioplastics Award at the upcoming European Bioplastics Conference in Berlin, Germany.

Corbion and Succinity are promoting a model biopolymer compound of PLA and polybutylene succinate (PBS) that offers strong heat resistance, balanced mechanical properties, biodegradability and a high bio-renewable content. The blended properties of PLA and PBS are interesting for various applications, such as food serviceware, food packaging and coffee capsules.

Other bioplastic applications on display include toothbrushes courtesy of PolyAlloy, PLA‐lined paper cups from totempak and lids from WinGram, 3D printed items with unique “sparkly” effects courtesy of Fillamentum, disposable ice cream spoons from Florida and a bioplastictextile composite clock from DenimX.