LYON - International Fibres Group has announced a collaboration with PTT MCC Biochem, a producer of bio-based polybutylene succinate (BioPBSTM), which aims to provided environmentally friendly staple fibres for the nonwovens industry.
Promoted under the IFGBio brand, the biobased, compostable fibres based on PTTMCC’s BioPBSTM technology will have applications in the food & beverage, filtration, geotextile and construction industries.
PTTMCC is a strategic joint venture company between PTT Global Chemical Public Company Limited (GC) and Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation (MCC).
It operates the world's largest commercial production of bio-based polybutylene succinate under the BioPBS tradename with its facility in Rayong, Thailand producing 20,000 tonnes per year.
BioPBSTM is partially derived from renewable resources and has high level compostability performance at ambient temperature. BioPBSTM also performs well shows excellent performance in low temperature heat sealability, high heat resistance and flexibility compared to other biodegradable resins, the company says. PTTMCC is determined to become the global leader of compostable bioplastic material with fast tracking solution for customers to enjoy vast application possibilities.
International Fibres Group (IFG) is one of Europe’s leading independent producers of polypropylene-based staple fibre, a component with reinforcing, insulating, separating or draining properties. The fibre is used in the production of flooring, rugs, furniture, filtration, foodstuff packaging, car interiors and nonwoven fabrics, which means a diversified customer portfolio.
IFG has production facilities in Belgium, the United Kingdom and Austria.