Perstorp introduces renewable caprolactone bioplastics

Perstorp introduces renewable caprolactone for bioplastics

11:48 AM, 6th November 2015
Perstorp introduces renewable caprolactone for bioplastics

PERSTORP, SWEDEN: Introducing the renewable capa for bioplastics, Perstorp Group said it was the first of its kind in the world. This is a concept which builds on the caprolactone-lactide technology, which enables a high renewable content in combination with vast opportunities to develop products with optimized performance for different bioplastic applications.

There is a strong trend towards sustainability and renewable material in the world. 1 million plastic bags are used per minute throughout the year. Many of them end up in nature and stay there. By using Perstorp’s renewable capa for bioplastics those bags will biodegrade.

“The challenge on the market has been to combine performance and biodegradability of the end application. With our renewable capa concept we are redrawing the map by enabling products with high performing properties without compromising sustainability,” said Linda Zellner, project manager, bioplastics.

The renewable capa concept enables freedom to design polymers that is flexible or hard, transparent or crystalline, tough or rigid and with a targeted melting point and polarity. Market indications show that these products are likely to deliver what many customers are looking for in terms of bio-based content and performance.

Renewable capa has been evaluated both in terms of compostability and bio-based content and is also certified as bio-based by the independent Belgian certification body Vincotte.

“This is a major milestone in delivering breakthrough technology to the important market for Perstorp,” said Marie Gronborg, executive vice president, business area specialties & solutions.

“With this technology our customers can create solutions to keep a step ahead of the competition. We believe in the dynamic bioplastic market which still is young, fast growing and is looking for new innovations. With an annual estimated growth of 20 percent (European Bioplastics 2015), this is an exciting market for us to be in,” added Marie.

This effort is supported by Perstorp’s full industrial production and pilot facilities in Warrington, UK and its modern Swedish innovation center in Perstorp, for bioplastic formulations.

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