Energy group Total and Corbion start up new Thai bioplastics plant

FILE PHOTO: The logo of French oil giant Total is pictured at a petrol station in Latresne near Bordeaux, France, November 19, 2018. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau/File Photo

PARIS (Reuters) - French energy group Total TOTF.PA and Dutch partner Corbion CORB.AS said they had started operations at their new bioplastics plant in Rayong, Thailand.

The plant run by the joint venture Total Corbion PLA would be able to produce 75,000 tonnes a year of poly lactic acid (PLA), which is experiencing rising demand.

Products from the Thai plant would meet customers’ needs in markets such as packaging, consumer goods, 3D printing and the automotive industries, they added.

Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta; Editing by Edmund Blair