TotalEnergies Corbion, a technology specialist in polylactic acid (PLA) and lactide monomers, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Chinese synthetic biology company Bluepha.

Under this agreement, the two companies will work together to expedite the growth and adoption of PLA and polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA) based solutions in China’s market.

The development, advancement and expansion of these high-performance sustainable biomaterial solutions across the country will require both companies to leverage their expertise and resources.

The resources mainly include the integration of Bluepha’s PHA with TotalEnergies’ range of specially developed PLA polymer, called Luminy PLA technology.

TotalEnergies Corbion CEO Thomas Philipon said: “By combining the complementary properties of these materials, we will significantly expand the application possibilities for brand owners seeking fully biobased material solutions”

As per the terms of this MoU, TotalEnergies and Bluepha will collaboratively promote the market applications of their PLA and PHA technology in China.

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Bluepha president and co-founder Teng Li said: “We are very excited about this collaboration with TotalEnergies Corbion.

“TotalEnergies Corbion is a trustworthy partner and Bluepha PHA mixed with Luminy PLA would be as a Chinese saying, ‘Adding wings to the tiger’.

“Together, the two companies can give more opportunities to our downstream partners and contribute to a more sustainable future.”

Bluepha specialises in synthetic biotechnology-based molecular and material innovation.

Late last year, Bluepha completed the construction of its PHA biorefinery, located in Yancheng in China’s Jiangsu province.

The company said that it has already commenced production-related activities at this plant to develop PHA products.

The latest MoU signing comes a few days after TotalEnergies signed a strategic cooperation agreement with Xiamen Changsu Industrial to advance the adoption of biobased biaxial-oriented polyamide film across China.