An increased focus on sustainability is driving demand for Bioflex, a biodegradable PVC product made by Kenrich Petrochemicals Inc. (Booth W133083) and marketed by Biotech Products LLC.
Bioflex uses Biochem, a nontoxic formula that enables landfill decomposition. The formula was developed jointly by Biotech and Bayonne, N.J.-based Kenrich. It can be added to PVC products to help biodegrade PVC in as little as 30 days, said John Sulano, vice president of product and business development for Randolph, N.J.-based Biotech.
Bioflex is based on highly pure PVC resin, fine particle limestone, vegetable-based plasticizer and titanium pigment. The material has more than 80 percent non-petroleum content. It's 100 percent biodegradable under anaerobic conditions, is nontoxic and has no starch, heavy metals, pesticides or bleaching agents.
The important thing is that Bioflex degrades PVC into soluble chloride, which is a fertilizer, Sulano said. It doesn't sit there forever.
Sulano added that Bioflex has drawn a lot of interest from municipal landfills. Biotech also is negotiating with several large consumer and industrial products makers, he said. Bioflex currently is being licensed as a finished compound with an additive incorporated into it, but it also may be sold as an additive alone.
Work on Bioflex began in 2006 when entrepreneur John Schleicher Jr. contacted Kenrich and asked about biodegradable signage. Schleicher is owner of Ultraflex Systems Inc., a Randolph-based maker of fabrics used in signage, billboards, awnings and banners.
Kenrich President Sal Monte and his staff then developed the Biochem formula. When the formula tested successfully, Biotech was created to commercialize the product. Ultraflex owner Schleicher also owns Biotech.
Kenrich makes coupling and catalyzing agents, anti-static agents, plasticizers and other products. The 25-employee firm has been in business since 1945 and at its location since 1961.
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