Milliken & Co. and other additives makers will be at K 2019 with a wide range of products to improve the performance of plastics.
Spartanburg, S.C.-based Milliken will be represented by its Milliken Chemical unit, a global supplier of additives and colorants for plastics based in Ghent, Belgium. Like many materials suppliers at the event, Milliken will be focused on sustainability.
"Waste reduction and the recycling of plastics are necessary megatrends impacting today's consumer products sector," Herrin Hood, global additives product line manager, said in a news release.
"As we all work to limit excess plastics use, support the recycling of polypropylene and move toward a circular economy, Milliken is fully supporting these efforts with sustainable technological innovations that impact color, care, clarity and performance," he added.
Milliken (Hall 6, Booth A27) has partnered with Chicago-based PureCycle Technologies to advance closed-loop recycling of PP resin. Using technology developed and licensed by Procter & Gamble Co., PureCycle plans to open its first plant employing a patented recycling method that restores virgin-like quality to waste PP resin.
Officials said this method will enable the recycled material to become "truly circular" and to be reused in its original application, as opposed to having to be downcycled into lower-value products. The Ohio plant is set to open in 2021.
Milliken is also continuing to build partnerships with other global sustainability organizations to advance circular-economy initiatives. Several of Milliken's additive technologies are helping converters to be more sustainable by reducing energy use, enabling the use of more mono-material packaging solutions and promoting the recyclability of resins such as PP or the use of a higher percentage of recycled PP in end products.
Milliken's Millad NX 8000 clarifier for PP resin is a key component in nearly 80 percent of the world's clear PP today. Officials said the clarifier not only transforms PP into a lightweight, crystal-clear alternative to glass, but also boosts its sustainability by enabling converters to process the material at a lower temperature. Lower temperatures result in both faster cycle times and energy savings for injection molders.