Arkema Receives Society of Plastics Engineer’s GPEC Environmental Award

March 13th, 2014 by Editor

Arkema has received the Chairman’s Award from the Plastics Environmental Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers. Arkema has been recognized for environmental leadership and excellence for the development of its Biostrength® impact modifiers, which it says improves a broad range of properties in polylactic acid (PLA), which is derived from renewable resources such as corn starch, tapioca roots and sugarcane. 

The Global Plastics Environmental Conference (GPEC) 2014 Environmental Stewardship Award is presented annually to corporations or institutions that clearly demonstrate their commitment to our environment and leadership in sustainability and recycling. The award will be presented at the GPEC 2014 conference March, 14 in Orlando, Fla. According to the company, Arkema’s Biostrengthline of impact modifiers and process aids provides innovative solutions for biopolymers, such as PLA and its blends. PLA is known to be brittle and has a low melt strength that translates to difficulties in processing.

“Arkema is honored to be recognized for the Chairman’s Award and will continue to provide the world with innovative sustainable solutions, proving that ‘innovative chemistry’ is more than just a tagline,” says Manny Katz, global group president of Arkema’s Functional Additives business.

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