Synbra Technology bv is currently finalizing the certification of the world’s first particle foam to receive a Carbon Neutrality verification in compliance with the PAS 2060 standard. BioFoam® is a fully bio-based particle foam made from renewable resources.
BioFoam® is a PLA based foam. Already starting up in 2006, Synbra Technology invented, developed and patented this unique material. Through its converting companies, Synbra Group wants to become the leading supplier of sustainable and biodegradable particle foam.
Synbra Group companies, such as IsoBouw, Synprodo, Plastimar and Styropack, are already using the BioFoam material in series production for the white goods sector, ice cream packaging and the pharmaceutical sector, amongst others. Besides its own production facilities, Synbra is setting up a network of pioneering partner companies in the USA, the UK, Italy and in other European countries and is seeking coverage in strategic markets. The existing distribution and production network already offers BioFoam® moulded products as a valuable and sustainable addition to the existing range of particle foam products.
About PLA & BioFoam®
Based on renewable resources, BioFoam® is extremely environmentally friendly. After use BioFoam® can be either re-formed into a new foam product or recycled into solid PLA. Besides that it’s got the unique possibility to be fully composted. Since 2009 BioFoam is a C2CCM (Silver) certified foam – the first foam to obtain this certification. It is already used in many applications and has become a driven product innovation within many industries (refer to the cases below). Some recent applications are Alabastine (Akzo Nobel) trays for tubes (DIY market), Zandonella ice-cream box (Germany), Greeny ice-cream box (Italy), Cryostore (cold chain boxes), IsoBouw (Deco- Bio) and Termokomfort (BioFoam pearls).
Environmentally friendly and CO2-neutral
During composting biodegradable blends of fossil and bio-based plastics on the market still may release fossil CO2, this is not the case for BioFoam®, which is fully bio-based. It was the first foam to be awarded the Cradle to CradleCM certificate and has also received a material health certificate from EPEA-Hamburg certifying that BioFoam® is free from any CMR substance.
Unlike any other particle foam on the market, only CO2 (taken from the atmosphere) is used as a blowing agent. No VOC’s are emitted during production. BioFoam is a certified food-approved material. Without addition of a flame retardant it meets the Euro class E fire standard.
New product developments
In December 2016 BioFoam E-PLA has been approved as a material that can be in the entire range of a large furniture retail chain and has also been approved as filler protection in furniture products. In January 2017 it was approved as a buffer protection material by several white goods producers.
Based in Etten-Leur in the Netherlands, Synbra Technology bv is the in-house polymerisation and ‘Technology & Innovation’ R&D facility and the centre of excellence in materials and product development in the Synbra Group. In Western Europe, Synbra Group is a player with regard to particle foam for Sustainable Insulation Systems and Industrial Products & Solutions for a wide range of markets. Synbra Holding BV achieves a turnover of € 250 million with around 800 employees and has converter plants in the Netherlands (Synprodo and IsoBouw), Germany (IsoBouw), Denmark (Styropack and Styrolit) and Portugal (Plastimar).
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Source: Synbra, press release, 2017-01-26.