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

Recycling trade group growing in size, resources

February 27, 2015 4:50 pm ET

DALLAS — The executive director of the Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers is partial to calling his group the little engine that...    More

Image

Experts explain why resin sales are down in a healthy US economy

February 27, 2015 1:58 pm ET

The economies of the U.S. and Canada posted solid growth in 2014 — even though resin demand in those countries lagged behind.    More

Image

Industry vet Dwight Morgan joins M. Holland

February 27, 2015 1:55 pm ET

Resin distribution leader M. Holland Co. has hired industry veteran Dwight Morgan as its vice president of corporate development.    More

Image

Indian masterbatch makers growing locally and thinking globally

February 27, 2015 1:30 pm ET

GANDHINAGAR, INDIA — India’s masterbatch makers are expanding their domestic capacity to meet growing demand, as some are also moving...    More

Image

Silicone baby teether company working with Massachusetts recycler

February 26, 2015 1:14 pm ET

A recycling company and a startup will try to keep silicone baby products out of landfill.    More

Market Reports

Flexible Packaging Trends in North America

North America represents about 30 percent of the global consumption of flexible packaging. Annual growth in this region is forecast at 4 percent during the next 5 years.

For more insight on growth opportunities, drivers of growth and the outlook for 2015, download this report.

Learn more

Plastics Recycling Trends in North America

This report is a review and analysis of the North American Plastics Recycling Industry, including key trends and statistics based on 2013 performance. We examine market environment factors, regulatory issues, industry challenges, key drivers and emerging trends in post-consumer and post-industrial recycling.

Learn more

Plastics in Mexico - State of the Industry Report

This report analyzes the $20 billion plastics industry in Mexico including sales of machinery & equipment, resins and finished products.

Our analysts provide insight on business trends, foreign investment, top end markets and plastics processing activity. The report also provides important data on exports, production, employment and value of plastics products manufactured.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

June 2, 2015 - June 3, 2015Plastics Financial Summit - Chicago 2015

September 16, 2015 - September 18, 2015Plastics Caps & Closures - September 2015

More Events