Daniel Ganz, global R&D leader for bioplastics, Sukano
In each issue of the Bioplastics Bulletin, we present five facts about a member of European Bioplastics. This month, Daniel Ganz, global R&D leader for bioplastics at Sukano, shares some information on one of the world leaders in masterbatches, compounds, and special resins, headquartered in Switzerland.
5 facts about Sukano, Switzerland
Sukano, a company driven by expertise is a world leader in the development and production of additive and colour masterbatches and compounds for polyester and specialty resins. Founded in 1988 and headquartered in Switzerland, it is a family-owned business with a global distribution network and three production facilities strategically located in Europe, the Americas and Asia.
With its masterbatches and small compounds, Sukano strives to be the global market leader in bioplastic modification. Its strategic presence and proactive engagement and collaboration within the entire supply chain in the polylactic acid (PLA) bioplastics market has proven to be successful both in generating industry-leading technical know-how on bioplastics processing as well as bringing new products to the market.
In recent years, Sukano has successfully launched its latest portfolio range for BOPLA applications. It allows manufacturers to create light-weight packages that contain a greater proportion of bio-based content, using renewable resources to replace conventional oil-based polymers in oriented film applications.
Sukano’s new polybutylene succinate (PBS)-based masterbatches provide converters with the ability to process films at conventional industrial throughput and consistent quality while replacing conventional oil-based polymers. Film extrusion processors have now at hand a portfolio of creative compostable, renewable bio-material packaging alternative.
Sukano’s innovative pipeline of bioplastics is about to take off with new offerings – for example, products that help improve the compostability ratio of biopolymers. This will allow biopolymers to potentially replace engineering resins, and allow producers to enter in high-end market applications far beyond what they can do today.