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Discover Plantics bio-materials

Our Story

We live in a plastic world. Think about how many plastic objects you use in a day. Virtually everything is made from plastic; from your toothbrush to your shopping bags. Nearly everything that is sold today, is packaged in plastic. Plastic is everywhere, and 99% of all this plastic is made using oil or gas.

Not only is plastic everywhere, it is here to stay. Every single piece of plastic that you have ever used is likely to still be somewhere on this planet! Most plastics easily take hundreds of years to degrade. They often end up in a landfill (abroad) or are incinerated; both heavily taxing on our planet.

Yet, alternatives to conventional petrochemical-based plastics hardly see application. Bio-materials comprise less than a percent of the annual nearly 400-million-ton global plastic production.
Why? Bio-plastic used to be far more expensive than conventional plastic. Until now.

Plantics aims to be a game-change solution for the global plastic problems and an enabler of CO2-emission reduction.

Four types of plastics explained:

Type 1

Biodegradable
Renewable resources

Type 2

Biodegradable
Renewable resources

Type 3

Bio-degradable
Partly renewable resources

Plantics

Biodegradable
100% Renewable resources

Type 1

Biodegradable
Renewable resources
Bio-based
Compostable

Type 2

Biodegradable
Renewable resources
Bio-based
Compostable

Type 3

Bio-degradable
Renewable resources
Bio-based
Compostable

Plantics

Biodegradable
Renewable resources
Bio-based
Compostable

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Plantics provides
A strong and safe bio-material with 100% biodegradability and compostability, full non-toxicity (even when ingested or incinerated), flame retardancy, high chemical and heat resistance, it’s feedstock does not compete with food production, it’s low-cost and can compete economically with conventional oil-based plastics.

The competition
Non-degradable petroleum-based plastics and any other bio-materials or bio-plastics currently available are generally much more expensive than their petroleum-based plastic counterparts. This is due to the often high feedstock costs and/or costly (high-tech) production processes.

Our partners

Products

Together with strong market partners we develop and commercialize applications of our bio-material. The material is a polymer, the first thermoset bio-material that is fully biodegradable, compostable and 100% bio-based. Additionally it is strong, safe and has a natural look and feel. Due to its low-cost it can compete economically with conventional petroleum-based plastics. Thereby, delivering an environmentally sustainable alternative without the need for our customers to pay a “Green-premium” as often required for other bio-materials.

Plantics supplies its bio-materials in various forms like foam or granules. Granules are typically used by plastic converters who turn raw material into final products (i.e. via transfer molding, injection molding). Plantics’ launching product is a plant pot. These plant pots are both bio-based and biodegradable, and are a replacement for the currently used petroleum-based pots used in horticulture.

Industry

Plastics
The global plastic production is about 400 million ton per annum. Plantics is active in the global thermoset market. This industry’s compounded annual growth rate is 11.3% (2011-2016) with an estimated current valuation of €80Bn. Since the plastic industry is highly price driven, less than <0.4% of the 400 million ton per annum global plastic production is bio-plastic. Nevertheless, bio-plastic is currently one of the fastest growing material businesses worldwide.

Packaging
Generally speaking, the packaging industry, our most relevant market, is estimated to grow at a rate of 4% in real terms till 2018. However, bio-based packaging is expected to grow at a CAGR of 33%1.
Bio-materials’ share of the packaging sector is expected to grow from 0.2% in 2013 to 2.4% by 2023. Driven by both bio renewability and biodegradability trends, the demand for bio-materials in packaging is expected to grow to about 9.45 million tpa by 2023.

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Founding team

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Prof. dr. Gadi Rothenberg

Co-inventor

Rothenberg is a world-leading researcher in catalysis and sustainable materials. He has published over 150 papers, co-invented the bio-plastic technology (and 13 other patents) and co-founded three spin-off companies: Sorbisense A/S, Yellowdiesel BV and Plantics BV.

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Dr. Wridzer Bakker

CEO

As of 2017, Bakker is the CEO of Plantics.

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Dr. Albert Alberts

Co-inventor & Research director

Alberts co-invented the bio-plastic technology, is co-founder, director and shareholder of Plantics BV. Dr. Alberts has decades of international research experience in (polymer) chemistry, and is a senior researcher within Plantics.

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Vacancies

Are you interested in working with us? We are always looking for new talent! Please keep an eye on this site, as we will be posting vacancies here for work and internships.
We are particularly interested in people with a background in Mechanical Engineering, Industrial design, Material Engineering, Chemistry / Chemical Engineering and Marketing / Commerce. Open enquiries are also welcome.

 

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