PLA Luminy® L130

Alternative and trade names
Polylactic acid, PLA
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PLA is a biobased polymer derived from natural resources and offers a significant reduction in carbon footprint compared to oil-based plastics. Luminy® L130 is a high heat, medium flow PLA homopolymer suitable for injection molding and fiber spinning. Compared to standard PLA, these PLA homopolymers have higher melting points and an increased rate of crystallization. As a result, compounds containing PLA homopolymers are suitable for the production of semi-crystalline parts, which exhibit a higher temperature resistance.

Stereochemical purity: min. 99% L-isomer using Total Corbion PLA method

Biobased content: Luminy® L130 has a biobased content of 100% (confidence level 1) and a biobased carbon content of 100% according to EN 16785-1 under certificate number DIC-00001. Luminy® L130 is certified 100% biobased according to ASTM D6866 under the USDA Biopreferred program.

Datasheet includes typical properties, not to be interpreted as specifications

This material data has been provided by Total Corbion.

"Typical" values were obtained via a literature search. "Predicted" values were imputed via artificial intelligence technology. While we have placed significant efforts in ensuring data accuracy, "typical" and "predicted" data should be considered indicative and verified by appropriate material testing. Please do contact us if additional information on the the predicted data method is required.
All metrics apply to room temperature unless otherwise stated. SI units used unless otherwise stated.
Equivalent standards are similar to one or more standards provided by the supplier. Some equivalent standards may be stricter whereas others may be outside the bounds of the original standard.

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Bio-based content

100.0 %

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ASTM D6866, EN 16785-1


1.24 g/cm³

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Literature value

Residual monomer

0.30000000000000004 mg/kg

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Total Corbion PLA method

Water content

0.04 %

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max., Coulometric Karl-Fischer



Elastic modulus

3.5 GPa

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ISO 527-1



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ISO 527-1

Impact strength, Charpy notched


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ISO 179-1eA

Tensile strength

50.0 MPa

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ISO 527-1



Glass transition temperature

60.0 °C

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Heat deflection temperature

60.0 °C

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0.45 MPa

ISO 75-1 for amorphous & 150°C for crystalline

Melting point

175.0 °C

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Rheological Properties


Melt mass-flow rate

23.0 g/10min

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ISO 1133-A @ 210°C/2.16kg & 10 g/10 min @ 190°C/2.16kg

Technological properties

Application areas

PLA extruded filament for FDM/FFF 3D printing, single-serve capsules for coffee machine, injection molded serviceware, food serviceware


FOOD CONTACT STATUS: In the European Union, Luminy® PLA polymers are compliant with EU commission regulation 10/2011 of 14 January 2011 (and amendments) on plastic materials and articles intended to come into contact with food. Lactic acid is considered a dual use substance, since lactic acid is approved as a food additive (additive number E270). There are no SMLs or SML(T)s for the ingredients used to produce Luminy® PLA. The regulation does include an migration limit of 10 mg/dm2 on the overall migration from finished plastic articles into food. It is the responsibility of the manufacturer of the final product, when intended as a food contact product, to determine that the use of the product is safe and also suitable for the intended application. While it is Total Corbion PLA’s conclusion that the above mentioned polymers are permitted, it is the final product which must meet the given regulations and the manufacturer should take responsibility to check if the final product is in compliance with these regulations.

In the United States of America, Luminy® PLA as supplied by Total Corbion PLA has been evaluated and was found to be suitable for use in food contact applications. On 30 November 2018, FCN 001926 as applied for by Total Corbion PLA to the FDA became effective. It is included in the list of effective notifications for FCNs on the website of the FDA. The evaluation performed was in line with the requirements of Section 201(s) and Section 409 of the Federal, Drug and Cosmetic Act, and Parts 182, 184 and 186 of the Food Additive Regulations. Luminy® PLA neat resin is approved for all food types and conditions of use B through H.


Crystalline White


NOTICE REGARDING USE RESTRICTIONS: Unless specifically agreed to in writing, Total Corbion PLA will not knowingly market any product into any of the following commercial or developmental applications:

  • bottles or preforms, unless specific arrangements on recycling and end-of-life are in place
  • microbeads used in personal care products, including without limitation, cosmetics or over-the-counter drugs
  • components of products intended for human or animal consumption
  • any application that is intended to be used inside the human body.
  • Processing methods

    PLA homopolymers and PLA compounds can be processed on conventional injection molding equipment. To prevent or reduce the degradation of PLA during processing, it is recommended to use a barrel with a content of 3-5 times the shot weight, a (general purpose) screw with a L/D ratio of at least 20:1 and if applicable low shear hotrunners in the mold. Pre-drying of the resin is recommended.

    Start-up and shutdown:

  • The equipment needs to be well cleaned and purged to prevent cross contamination.
  • At the start of the run it is recommended to purge the system with a polyolefin or a purging compound (e.g. Dyna-Purge, Clean LDPE) followed by purging with the PLA homopolymer or PLA compound at its processing conditions.
  • At the completion of the run it is recommended to purge the system using a purging compound again. After completion of the run, PLA must be removed from the whole system. PLA can degrade into lactic acid causing corrosion of the equipment (e.g. die plates).

  • Typical settings, may require optimization:

  • Predrying: 4-6 hours at 100°C
  • Throat: 20-40°C
  • Feed zone: 155-175°C
  • Compression zone: 180-220°C
  • Metering zone: 180-220°C
  • Nozzle: 180-220°C
  • Tmelt: 180-220°C
  • Tmold: amorphous 20-30°C
  • Tmold: crystalline 90-100°C
  • Back pressure (Bar, specific): 50-100 bar
  • Screw speed As slow as possible

  • MOISTURE & PRE-DRYING: It is recommended to dry Luminy® L105 from the packaging for 4-6 hours at 100°C. Drying of semicrystalline PLA homopolymer can be performed in a desiccant hot air dryer, with a dew point of -40°C or less. It is recommended to reduce the moisture content before melt processing to a level less than 250ppm and preferably less than 100 ppm, measured by e.g. Karl-Fischer or Brabender aquatrac method. Predrying is in particular important prior to injection molding, film and sheet production. Moisture causes hydrolysis of the PLA homopolymer during melt processing, resulting in reduced mechanical performance in the final part.