A European partnership for the production of wheat-based bioplastic

20 . 05 . 2024

Tereos, which is French, the world’s second largest sugar group, and Futerro, a Belgian firm specialising in the production of polylactic acid (PLA), have recently announced a partnership in Europe. Together, they plan to produce bioplastic from wheat – in a factory to be built in Normandy.

Tereos undertakes to supply Futerro with 150,000 tonnes of dextrose annually, a sugar obtained from wheat starch, coming from its Seine-Maritime site. This partnership will promote the creation of a bio-industrial, circular and sustainable base, dedicated to green chemistry.

Futerro, as the world’s second largest producer of PLA, will invest €500 million in this ambitious project. Construction of the factory is expected to begin in 2025, with commissioning planned for 2027.

It will provide an annual production of 75,000 tonnes of PLA. This site plans to create nearly 250 direct jobs and 900 indirect jobs; as well as the establishment of a recycling unit dedicated specifically to PLA materials.

This partnership illustrates the commitment of Futerro and Tereos to a biosourced, circular and sustainable economy, while positioning Europe as a major player in the production of biosourced plastics and their recycling.

Website: www.futerro.com/

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