Packaging converter ALPLA Group is stepping up its activity in field of sustainable raw materials with the acquisition of a “significant minority share” in Slovak company Panara, a producer of fully bio-based and biodegradable plastics.
ALPLA chairman Günther Lehner, who is responsible for sustainability, circular economy, technology development and innovation, said: “Panara has a lot of experience in the area of bio-based plastics. In acquiring a stake in the company and partnering with Panara, we want to leverage this expertise and make the transfer of knowledge possible for our applications and customers.”
Panara has been conducting research in the area of biopolymers since 2006. This involves partnering with the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava and the Centre for Applied Research of Environmentally Friendly Polymeric Materials in Nitra. Just recently, the company introduced a bioplastics to the market under the brand name Nonoilen, which the company says is made entirely using renewable resources, is recyclable and can be completely industrially composted at the end of its life cycle. The material is also temperature-resistant and stable.
Christian Zmölnig, director of corporate research and innovation at ALPLA, sees the collaboration as another step in the direction of the packaging of the future: “As a technology leader in the area of packaging materials, we engage in ongoing work with partners to develop new raw materials that will minimise carbon dioxide emissions as well as resource consumption.”