Perstorp investing in the dynamic plastic materials market
The Perstorp Group, a world leader in specialty chemicals, will be presenting four new products for the plastic materials market at K Fair, 2013. Considerable investments have been made to ensure we deliver new products that address key opportunities related to the use of plastics important to society today.
The power of plastics innovation is touching all of us in our daily lives and is addressing some of the most exciting and demanding challenges set by society and business today. Examples are safe and hygienic food packaging, durable as well as affordable and resource lean cars and electronics and home interiors.
Key issues related to plastics, such as safety, reduction of waste and sustainable chemical solutions are key innovation drivers for the Perstorp Group. The recent major strategic investments in new sustainable products for the plastics industry will help Perstorp meet its goal of being a top 3 player across 85% of its product portfolio by 2015.
“K Fair represents the perfect platform for us to launch, not one but four new products for the plastics industry. These products meet specific market demands, and our heavy investment here will significantly strengthen our global position within plastics chemistry and plastic applications”, Håkan Björnberg, Market Development Director, says.
Four new star products to be unveiled at K Fair
Each of these new products provides sustainable solutions for consumers. Perstorp has continued its historic trend of producing products through focused innovation that meet the challenges of the day. The four new products are being released under the Capa™, Charmor™, Pevalen™ and Akestra™ brand names.
Capa™ for bioplastics – this exciting product is a highly biodegradable plastic offering a more sustainable solution to a wide range of products. The caprolactone chemistry is established and its use as a key component in biodegradable plastics has increased significantly. Perstorp has invested in new capacity to meet the strong growth in bioplastics. Capa™ is the perfect blend for bioplastics as it improves mechanical properties as well as accelerating biodegradation of the biopolymers.
Charmor™ for intumescent systems in plastics – this halogen free product is a rich carbon source for phosphorous/nitrogen based systems and significantly reduces the release of smoke and heat in the event of a fire. Charmor™ also comes in a variant - Charmor™ PM40 Care - with a sharpened sustainability profile. Charmor™ is already a tried and tested solution for intumescent coatings, but is now also available for intumescent fire protection for plastics.
Pevalen™ non-phthalate plasticizer for sensitive applications – this new plasticizer is one of the results of Perstorp’s major investments in plasticizers in Sweden. It is perfect for close contact PVC applications, such as flooring, coated fabrics, plastisols, toys and molded parts. It also represents a complement and broadening of Perstorp’s plasticizer offer alongside Emoltene™ 100, which is primarily used for PVC cables and outdoors products.
Akestra™ a new thermoplastic material – as a result of a strategic partnership with Mitsubishi Gas Chemical, Perstorp is launching a new co-polyester alternative in Europe called Akestra™. This new generation of plastics with its unique properties makes it an important alternative to polycarbonate, polystyrene and glass. This co-polyester has properties like clarity, heat resistance & high melt strength that open up a wide range of design opportunities in packaging and durable applications.
“All these four exciting products address safety and sustainability to society today without compromising performance. The major investments we have made over the past 3 years are really bearing fruits now, with significant new products already in the pipeline to continue our strategy of serving the dynamic plastics market with new solutions”, Håkan Björnberg summarizes.