Global supplier of plastics additives and colourants, Milliken Chemical, is to introduce a series of new product grades at the upcoming K Show 2019.
The K fair will be held at Messe Dusseldorf from 16-23 October.
Under the banner ‘Enhancing plastics with Color, Care, Clarity and Performance. Together’, the company, which has its headquarters in Spartanburg, South Carolina, will highlight new products intended to boost volume reuse of end-of-life plastics.
While boosting recycling volumes, it also anticipated the products will help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
“Waste reduction and the recycling of plastics are necessary megatrends impacting today’s consumer products sector,” said Herrin Hood, global product line manager of Milliken’s Plastics Additives business.
“As we all work to limit excess plastics use, support the recycling of polypropylene and move toward a circular economy, Milliken is fully supporting these efforts with sustainable technological innovations that impact colour, care, clarity and performance,” added Hood.
Several of Milliken’s additive technologies are helping converters to manufacture more sustainably by reducing energy use, while also enabling the use of more mono-material packaging solutions.
The company is also promoting the recyclability of resins such as polypropylene or the use of a higher percentage of recycled PP in end products.
These include the Millad NX 8000 clarifier for PP resins. This is said to transform PP into a lightweight and transparent alternative to glass. It also builds a converters sustainability credentials, as it can be processed at a lower temperature.
Grades of the Millad product have been optimised to support various processes, including injection moulding, thermoforming and blow moulding.
Milliken states that using Millad NX 8000-modified PP product to replace alternative materials can help converters to improve their options for producing more recyclable, mono-material products. Further, PP is said to return a better recycling score than PET and polystyrene.