UK investment pays off as Perstorp targets bioplastics

Charlotte Eyre
EUROPEAN PLASTICS NEWS

Published: October 23, 2013 6:39 am ET
Updated: October 23, 2013 6:41 am ET

Related to this story

Topics Sustainability, Materials, Materials Suppliers, K 2013, Business News & Features

DÜSSELDORF, GERMANY — Caprolactones leader Perstorp Group says its expansion of a plant in Warrington, England, has allowed it to move into the bioplastics market with a new material, which was on display at K 2013.

Perstorp got hold of the plant in 2006 when it acquired the Solvay SA caprolactones business for 200 million euros. At time of purchase, the plant had sales of 60 million euros and was one of only three caprolactone plants worldwide.

Market development director Håkan Björnberg said the Perstorp, Sweden-based company has invested in boosting annual capacity at the site to 30,000 metric tonnes and that the new capacity, which became operational last year, has allowed the company to serve the bioplastics market.

"We have also been investing in R&D for six years," he said. "We are traditionally more of a coatings market but our investments, which are about 150 million to 175 million euros, are now paying off in bioplastics."

The company has launched Capa, a bio polymer that can be industrially or domestically composted.

One of the main advantages of Capa is that it can be blended with other biopolymers, Björnberg said.

"For example, you can blend Capa with [polylactic acid] so that it is less brittle and you can make a more flexible product," he said.

Capa is one of four of the company's "star products" on display at K this year, the others being Pevalen plasticizer, Akestra thermoplastic and Charmor for intumescent systems.

Pevalen is a non-phthalate plasticizer for sensitive applications and is aimed at close contact PVC applications such as flooring or toys, while Akestra is a co-polyester that can be used in moulded applications such as sports bottles. Charmor is designed for phosphorous/nitrogen-based systems and reduces smoke and heat in the event of a fire.


Comments

UK investment pays off as Perstorp targets bioplastics

Charlotte Eyre
EUROPEAN PLASTICS NEWS

Published: October 23, 2013 6:39 am ET
Updated: October 23, 2013 6:41 am ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story


More stories

Image

China's Shide Group, BASF unveil 'revolutionary' all-plastic window profile

April 23, 2014 9:10 pm ET

SHANGHAI — The PVC window profile market in Asia is expected to increase four-fold by 2025, and Chinese building products maker Dalian Shide...    More

Worker dies in fall at Formosa Texas plant

April 23, 2014 4:04 pm ET

A subcontractor died April 22 after falling 25 feet during routine cleaning operations at a Formosa Plastics Corp. USA facility in Point Comfort,...    More

Image

Milliken expanding SC plant for additional PP clarifying agent capacity

April 23, 2014 3:42 pm ET

American chemical company Milliken & Co. has announced plans for a major expansion in capacity for its Millad NX8000 clarifying agent for...    More

Clariant says Asia holds the key to growth

April 23, 2014 3:52 pm ET

Clariant AG is based in Switzerland, but its eyes are firmly focused further east.    More

Image

Unilever puts Dove brand on a MuCell diet

April 23, 2014 1:57 pm ET

New technology employed by Unilever NV in the manufacture of bottles for its Dove Body Wash range of products could end up saving the brand owner up t...    More

Market Reports

Market Data Book - Rankings & Lists

A one-stop download of Plastic News' exclusive annual lists and processor rankings containing essential data including sales, employees, end markets, materials and more.
EXCLUSIVE EXCEL FEATURE: full mailing address details for available plant locations.

Learn more

Thermoformed Packaging 2014 Market Review & Outlook North America

This in-depth report provides analysis and discussions of economic and political conditions, market trends, legislative/regulatory activity impacting supply and demand, business opportunities and threats, materials pricing, manufacturing technology, as well as strategies being implemented by thermoformed packaging companies. In addition, there are reviews of 25 leading thermoformers in the packaging segment, assessing their growth initiatives and performance metrics over 10 years.

Learn more

Mold Making and Tooling Review and Outlook 2014 North America

This report provides in-depth analysis of the mold and toolmaking market for North America, including discussions of trends, opportunities, threats, the latest developments in production and labor and equipment trends impacting moldmakers.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

May 6, 2014 - May 8, 2014Plastics in Medical Devices 2014

May 12, 2014 - May 12, 2014Plastics News Brazil Pharma Summit

September 10, 2014 - September 12, 2014Plastics Caps & Closures 2014

February 3, 2015 - February 7, 2015Plastics News Executive Forum 2015

More Events