Plaxica’s Optipure technology is a novel and low cost route to the building blocks for conventional and stereocomplex polylactic acid (PLA). PLA made using our process has mechanical and thermal properties which can compete with traditional oil-based polymers such as PET.
Plaxica is a process technology licensing business. We develop, demonstrate and design process plant for the production of the key intermediates for conventional and stereocomplex PLA and work with global partners to deploy the technology.
Traditionally, fermentation methods are used for the production of lactic acid in PLA manufacture. Plaxica’s Optipure process uses a low cost and flexible chemical process for the conversion of a wide variety of sugars, including those derived from cellulosic materials, which are byproducts of agriculture and forestry operations, into L and D lactic acid and lactide.