In March, Metabolix attended, exhibited and presented at NPE 2015: The International Plastics Showcase. This show represented an outstanding opportunity for us to showcase products made with our PHA biopolymers and to share insights and solutions with visitors to our booth. And, we sure did engage with a lot of visitors at our booth. These interactions with our visitors were very productive for us. From these conversations it’s clear that innovators in the industry are looking closely at how new materials—including biobased ones like PHA—can be incorporated into existing products or can be used to create entirely new products with new functionality and features.
Three highlights from our week at NPE 2015 are worth mentioning.
As a giveaway at our booth, we made 3×3 inch Metabolix-branded notepads. The biopolymers team packaged the notepad giveaway in transparent a-PHA modified PLA film. As shown in the photo, our a-PHA modified PLA packaging film closely resembles the film wrap in wide use for packaged goods, but it offers biobased and compostable features. This giveaway was not only a big hit, but visitors to our booth were very curious about the film, and this catalyzed numerous conversations about the use of our PHA biopolymers to modify PLA in film and other applications.
The samples we displayed provided us with another valuable opportunity to engage with visitors at the booth. The samples covered the breadth of our target applications spaces, and highlighted the use of our PHA biopolymers as performance additives and specialty resins. The samples we displayed included high biocontent compostable bags, fibers, non-wovens, utensils, 3-D filament, a-PHA modified PVC electrical cable jacketing, coated paper, micropowders and biobased/biodegradable agricultural items. The samples provided our visitors with a jumping off point to imagine new products incorporating the features and benefits of our PHA material.
Plastic waste from single use bags and film used in agriculture continues to be a significant problem worldwide. We continue to believe that the biobased and biodegradable profile of our PHA materials can offer innovative solutions to replicate the performance of conventional materials—but offer biobased content and more sustainable methods for disposal. At NPE we displayed examples of our developmental film grades based on a-PHA modified PLA. We were pleased to have the opportunity to engage with booth visitors and sample films that provide high biocontent (> 95%), high load carrying capability and industrial compostability.
On behalf of the Metabolix team, we would like to thank all the visitors to our booth, customers and members of the media who met with us at NPE. We are truly looking forward to the follow up conversations that will occur over the coming weeks.
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