SWITZERLAND: Clariant collaborates with Floreon in high-performance biopolymers
Clariant's additives business and Floren-Transforming Packaging Ltd. are working together to further extend the performance properties and market potential of biopolymers.
Floreon develops and markets proprietary compounds based on polylactic acid and containing 70 % to 90 % renewable, plant-based raw materials. The compounds are recyclable and can also be composted via industrial composting.
Clariant's portfolio of sustainable additives includes a wide range of bio-based additives. Clariant's experts will support the Floreon development team to enhance the performance possibilities and processing characteristics of bioplastics, Clariant noted.
By combining Clariant's additives with Floreon's material solutions, the partnership aims to open up further possibilities for plastic manufacturers and brand owners to consider biopolymers as a viable, low carbon footprint alternative to fossil-based plastics for both single-use and durable applications.
The new enhanced grades will benefit markets such as rigid and flexible packaging, electrical and electronic equipment, hygiene products, consumer goods and automotive, the partners noted. The first product is expected to be introduced to the market during the first half of 2020.
Source: Weekly “PetroChemical News”, Durham, NC, USA; 23 Mar 2020
(Syed Rashid Ali, Karachi, Pakistan)