Bioplastic manufacturer Novamont has launched a new grade of its bio-based plastic product called Mater-Bi for extrusion coating and extrusion lamination on paper, board and other substrates.
The Italy-based company said its new product can be composted in standard industrial plants.
According to Novamont, the new grade “offers an appreciable improvement in process stability, coating thicknesses and processing speed comparable with LDPE, and excellent adhesion to different substrates (paper, board, plastic films)”.
From the point of view of environmental performance, objects manufactured using the new grade – cups, dishes for catering, thin board for food use – are GMO-free, biodegradable, can be composted in accordance with standard UNI EN 13432 and can be recycled along with waste paper.
With this new grade Mater-Bi for extrusion coating, Novamont (@Novamont) is in a position to satisfy the rise in demand for disposable products that can be composted together with paper and board, thus solving the problems associated with the limited availability of some raw materials.
In relation to Covid-19, in a statement, Novamont said that its activities were “activities are safely fully operational in all Italian and international locations.
It added: “The support, ideas, professionalism, innovative solutions of all our people, working at our sites or remotely, have made it possible, together with the collaboration of all players in our value chain.
We had to rethink our system and organisation quickly and give absolute priority to the health and safety of our people, aligning as much as possible their needs with those of our production.”
In 2018, Novamont revamped its Mater-Biopolymer plant with a significant expanded capacity from 120,000 tonnes to 150,000 tonnes per year. The converted facility, which previously manufactured polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and is based in Rome, has allowed Novamont to increase its production of Origo-Bi renewable bio-polyesters and Mater-Bi compostable bio-plastics. It has seen strong demand for its product as a large number of retailers have switched from fossil fuel-based bags to compostable bags in response to growing customer pressure.
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