Vita Group introduces modified PLA sheet

Emballage fair was chosen for launch of biodegradable, impact modified sheet

Vitasheet has launched a biodegradable opaque white sheet made in a modified polylactic acid (PLA) material from NatureWorks.

The ViForm Bio 9100 material, shown for the first time at the Emballage packaging fair in France at the end of November, has improved die cutting characteristics. It is aimed at a wide range of applications, from luxury cartons to horticulture.

Stéphane Jacquet, packaging and graphic arts segment manager at the Vita Group company in Longué, France, said the company intends to soon introduce a transparent version of the impact modified sheet, with commercial availability expected in early 2007.

Looking at another area where enhancement in PLA properties is frequently sought, Jacquet added that some trials are being made aimed at obtaining improved heat resistance and that the company is confident of succeeding in this area too. Commenting on the motivation behind introduction of a PLA sheet material, Jacquet told in Paris: “In the long term the advantage is the use of renewable resources – that is more important than biodegradability.”

The new PLA sheet is produced in Vita Group’s plant in Saumur in the Loire valley region, which also manufactures products in polystyrene and PET and is also the company’s centre of excellence for PET.

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