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IMCD Group inks distribution partnership with Lactips to market milk protein-based thermoplastic pellets.

“With our skilled technical sales team and our in-depth market knowledge, we are convinced we can grow this sustainable business together.”

IMCD Group, a global distributor of speciality chemicals and food ingredients, has teamed up with French bio-based plastic pellet maker Lactips to start a distribution partnership to market Lactips’ biodegradable raw materials.

Lactips (@LACTIPS_SA) produces water soluble and biodegradable thermoplastic pellets derived from a milk protein called casein. The pellets are converted into packaging and are currently being used for packaging for detergent products. However, the pellets can also be used in the agrochemical, food, cosmetic and medical sectors.

As part of the distribution partnership, IMCD will initially market the pellets to the Nordic regions and France.

Speaking about the distribution deal, Pascal Chabance, Head of Business Development and Sales at Lactips, said IMCD had a “well-established footprint across Europe, strong technical sales expertise and a sustainable approach”. All these factors helped Lactips to select IMCD as a distribution partner, Chabance added.

Patrick Van Vugt, EMEA Director of IMCD Advanced Materials Business Group, added that Lactips’ thermoplastic pellets were “cutting-edge” innovations.

He explained: “With our skilled technical sales team and our in-depth market knowledge, we are convinced we can grow this sustainable business together.”

A Lactips spokesman told Bio Market Insights that the company was seeing strong demand for its products in Europe and traction from the US and Asia.

He said three main drivers were helping to drive this demand, which includes consumer awareness of plastic pollution, brands committing to using more sustainable plastics and the increase in regulation to include recycled plastics in products.

As well as focusing on producing products for detergents, Lactips is also looking at producing edible film for the food industry to help the industry reduce waste.

The company is also working on new solutions to make plastics more recyclable, the Lactips spokesman told BMI. He explained: “We are very interested in making more plastics recyclable. For instance, we are working on new solutions for the paper industry and multilayer films to provide a gas barrier.

“At some point in the future, we hope that we will be able to solve the problem of multilayers not being recyclable. We can increase the amount of recycled plastics and the quality of the recycled plastics while providing the same shelf life for the products as conventional plastics provide.”

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