Futerro is an international producer of polylactic acid (PLA), a bio-based, industrially compostable and recyclable polymer.
Futerro currently has a production capacity of 100,000 tonnes with a factory located in Asia. It plans to construct a new fully-integrated biorefinery, with a view to producing 75,000 tonnes of PLA directly on French territory. This new factory will also offer end-of-life solutions for PLA-based products, through mechanical or chemical recycling technology. This project aims to position the Futerro company as the sole European producer of PLA.
PLA finds numerous applications in various sectors such as food packaging, woven and non-woven fibres and even 3D printing. Its properties, close to PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate) or PS (Crystal Polystyrene), allow it to contribute to the defossilisation of the plastics industry in the broad sense. With a lower carbon footprint than polymers of fossil origin, PLA is a real ecological and circular alternative, especially compared with traditional synthetic polyester fibres such as PET.
Using LOOPLA® molecular recycling technology, Futerro is able to offer complete circularity to simple and complex PLA-based materials by opening the possibility of producing recycled PLA of equivalent quality to the virgin product. This makes PLA the first biosourced, compostable, and 100% recyclable polymer; in other words, bio-renewable.