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Actors in the packaging, agriculture, waste management, transport. These industries have single use applications using petrochemical-based plastic that lead to (costly) waste management problems, increased staff costs, plastic toxicity problems, regulatory change, plastic product lack of heat/chemical resistance, and/or lack of “green” marketability of their current products.
100% biodegradability and compostability, full non-toxicity (even when ingested or incinerated), flame retardancy, high chemical and heat resistance, a bio-plastic who’s feedstock does not compete with food production, at such low-cost that it can compete economically with conventional oil-based plastics.
Non-degradable petroleum-based plastics and any other bio-plastic, 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.
Plantics’ mission is to develop and market its proprietary bio-polymer. Plantics offers a unique product; the first thermoset bio-plastic that’s fully biodegradable, compostable and 100% bio-based. Importantly, 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-plastic.
Plantics aims to become a bio-polymer supplier. Plantics supplies its bio-plastic 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 horticulture packaging. Plantics horticulture packaging is both bio-based and biodegradable, and is a replacement for the currently used petroleum-based packaging used in horticulture.
The global plastic production is about 300 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 300 million ton per annum global plastic production is bio-plastic. Nevertheless, bio-plastic is currently one of the fastest growing material businesses worldwide.
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 plastic packaging is expected to grow at a CAGR of 33%1.
Bio-plastics’ 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-plastics in packaging is expected to grow to about 9.45 million tpa by 2023.
Prof. dr. Gadi Rothenberg
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.
Dr. Wridzer Bakker
As of 2017, Bakker is the CEO of Plantics.
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.