DÜSSELDORF, GERMANY — Cambridge, Mass.-based bioplastics firm Metabolix Inc. (Hall 8B/D38) has developed a new range of bio-based polymeric modifiers for PVC compounds.
The company decided to look at polyhydroxyalkanoate additives for PVC because it felt there was a gap in the market.
"Two years ago we looked at why customers were buying PHAs, and in particular looked at customers in repeat buying patterns," President and CEO Richard Eno said. "We looked at different polymers out there in terms of performance and realized we got good results with PVC. It's about what PHA does as a modifier."
Metabolix recently launched I6003rp, an additive to improve recycled PVC.
"I6003rp is incorporated at the recycling level and it brings products almost back to virgin performance," Eno said.
The product is also very environmentally friendly because it involves recycled PVC — a typical waste product. It can be used in flexible packaging, for example for medical products, and in some wire and cable applications, he added.
Eno said that the K show is happening at the right time for Metabolix because it is interested in extending its PVC partnerships into Europe.
The company's core R&D is in the United States, but the bio industry is more mature in Europe.