Developed in 2008 a novel Polylactic Acid (PLA) based E-PLA foam;
Realised the creation of a PLA polymerisation plant (10mil€ project), still the only one ever built in Europe. It served as the template for the 75 kt plant of TOTAL Corbion in Thailand.
The design and construction of the 5 kt PLA plant partnering with Sulzer Chemtech and Corbion was awarded the Frost and Sullivan Award in 2008.
Picture below from Sulzer brochure
Together with Suikerunie and the then called Purac, a replication into a 75 kt plant was studied including a full LCA by Utrecht university , but it was later decided by Purac to build the plant in Thailand and this design is now again used to build a plant in France for 100kt . Green deal 2018 nr GD110 with the Dutch gouvernment.
The plant made PLLA, PDLA and star shaped PLA polymers as well as low molecular PLA . also it made a non crisping PLA copolymer for a far Eastern blue chip company as well as low molecular meso PLA.
Awards for PLA and E-PLA
2008 Winner of the Frost & Sullivan Technology Innovation Of The Year Award PLA polymerisation process.
2011 Accenture Blue Tulip award for C2C high heat IM PLA, Group Consumer products and Agri; Category: “making more out of less ” and gained an EPEA Cradle to Cradle status
2009 Winner gold sustainability medal awarded by the Dutch Rubber and Plastics Federation.
#1 of the 2010 MKB top 100
Earmarked most innovative company in the Netherlands
Third Price in Dutch 2010 packaging “De gouden Noot”
Winner ‘Nederlandse Bouwprijs 2011’ at construction exhibition in Utrecht (NL). Winner of the Frost & Sullivan Technology Innovation Of The Year Award 2011 for E-PLA .
2001 Award that Synbra Polymers Ltd received from Valpak (UK) in 2001 for the best program to increase recycling capacity. Focussing on PP recycling
E-PLA examples in construction and in packaging
3D Print Reel
All kind of disposables
Bicycle Leak detector with E-PLA beads
Material health certificate
Product Optimization Summary
- Cradle to Cradle CertifiedTM Banned List Compilant
- Material Health optimization strategy developed
- No exposure from carcinogens, mutagens, or reproductive toxicants
- Meets VOC emissions testing requirements
Special performance application of polymers
Developed HT-EPS a high temperature resistant performance polymer of PS and PPO, used in extensively in next generation window insulation
Water treatment beads
2,700 tons of EPS delivered for the Paris water treatment plant. Here, an installation was built for processing wastewater for 8 million inhabitants.
HT200 in sterilizable substrates for tomato cultivation and coloured X-EPS for the identification of horticultural trays (UK)
At Innograaf we keep looking for new product material combinations to unlock the full potential.
The new shuttering system was first introduced at the construction fair Bouwbeurs. Thanks to a modified extruder coloured strips and coloured strips can be made here for this application.