Clariant and Floreon Collaberate to Develop Higher-Performance Biopolymers

Clariant and Floreon-Transforming Packaging Limited announced a new collaboration to further extend the performance properties and market potential of biopolymers.

By combining the benefits of Clariant’s additives with Floreon’s proprietary material solutions, the partnership aims to open up additional opportunities for plastic manufacturers and brand owners to consider biopolymers as a viable, low-carbon alternative to fossil-based plastics for both single-use and durable applications.

Floreon develops and markets proprietary compounds based on PLA and containing 70-90% renewable materials.

Clariant’s sustainable additive portfolio offers a wide variety of bio-based additives that bring high efficiency as well as sustainability to the value chain of plastics.

Experts from Clariant will help Floreon development team to enhance the bioplastics ‘ performance possibilities and processing characteristics.

The broad range of Clariant additives such as stabilizers, flame retardants and processing & surface aids allows bespoke property extension for specific industry / application needs.

The collaboration will support the development of a credible renewable material alternative to fossil-based plastics for industries such as Packaging, Consumer Goods, Automotive and Electrical and Electronics.

“As a small business, our team is very excited to be able to take the benefits of biopolymers to new heights by drawing on Clariant’s extensive capabilities in developing additives focused on the performance needs of the plastics industry. Floreon has the potential to transform not just packaging but many industries, and we expect to launch our first product from this collaboration into market during the first half of 2020,” said Shaun Chatterton, CEO, Floreon-Transforming Packaging Limited.

Stephan Lynen, Head of Business Unit Additives, Clariant, said “We are excited to be working together with Floreon using the advantages of our range of sustainable additives to close the performance gap between biopolymers and other materials. This is just another way we can contribute to giving the plastics value chain a greater choice of options for meeting sustainability targets and consumer demands, and in doing so, support the transformation to a circular economy.”