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Bioplastics Perstorp wants more

| Editor: Manja Wühr

Perstorp expects the bioplastics market to significantly growth and steps up its bioplastics competitiveness. Its pilot plant, which is already up and running at Warrington, UK, was only one step...

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Linda Zellner, Perstorp Project Manager Bioplastics, comments: “We are increasing our competitiveness in bioplastics through these investments, which is a core focus area for the Perstorp Group.”
Linda Zellner, Perstorp Project Manager Bioplastics, comments: “We are increasing our competitiveness in bioplastics through these investments, which is a core focus area for the Perstorp Group.”
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Perstorp/Sweden – The Swedish specialty chemicals company Perstorp sees the world bioplastics demand to continue to grow at over 20% pa for the foreseeable future and make substantial new investments in the development of bioplastics and bio products. The first step represents the pilot plant, which is already up and running at Warrington, UK.

Despite a new laboratory at Perstorp, Sweden, is under construction. It will be in place from January 2015. This will help customers to develop their business faster, reduce time-to-market and develop new products and formulations towards emerging bioplastic applications.

Focusing on 3 bioplastic growth areas

Perstorp's ε-polycaprolactones (PCL) technology, Capa, is a processing aid for renewable biopolymers whether it is used for short-life, long-life or end-of-life solutions. In particular Perstorp’s primary focus today is on three key bioplastic growth segments – paper coatings, bags & films and packaging. The current investments are designed to support rapid development of all three, but also to ensure the infrastructure is in place to meet the challenges of new emerging applications.

Capa in particular opens up new opportunities for bioplastics such as PLA, PHA and starch by improving their functional properties, especially toughness and flexibility enabling them to be competitive in film and packaging applications. The compostability of Capa also improves the products useful end-of-life making bioplastic packaging, bags and film environmentally attractive.

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