PLANTIC EXPANDS PACKAGING FILM SALES WITH APPOINTMENT OF KLÖCKNER PENTAPLAST AS DISTRIBUTOR FOR THE AMERICAS
Plantic Technologies Ltd. announced today a new distribution agreement in the Americas for its line of the Plantic® biopolymer rigid packaging films in an exclusive partnership with the Klöckner Pentaplast Group (Gordonsville, VA, USA). Klöckner Pentaplast, a leading global producer of rigid packaging films, will market and sell Plantic® rigid packaging films throughout the Americas under its Pentafood® Biofilm™ brand name. Designed to increase market penetration and enhance service to the marketplace, this partnership will provide customers with access to products that will help meet their sustainable packaging goals. Plantic will continue to service the Australasia and European markets directly.
Plantic® biopolymer film is high-amylase corn starch based product that is renewable, biodegradable, home compostable, water dispersible, and compostable to ASTM 6400 and EN 13432 standards.
Plantic® films are suitable for food and general-purpose thermoformed packaging applications, such as trays for confectionery, chocolates, cookies, cosmetics, and healthcare products.
“We are excited about entering the next phase of Plantic® rigid films expansion into the Americas. Klöckner Pentaplast is an established global market leader in packaging films and, has extensive knowledge of the packaging markets which will help foster growth of ourproduct line,” states Brendan Morris, chief executive officer for Plantic Technologies Ltd. Adds, Michael Tubridy, president of Klöckner Pentaplast/Americas, “The Plantic® product line complements our portfolio of plastic packaging films by offering a unique end-of-life disposal option. Based on a renewable resource, this film offers our customers yet another option in helping meet their sustainable packaging goals.”
About Plantic Technologies Limited
Plantic Technologies is based in Australia, where its head office, principal manufacturing and
research and development facilities are located. The company also has sales offices in Germany and
the United Kingdom, and employs approximately 50 people internationally.
Plantic’s novel polymer technology is based on the use of high-amylose corn starch, a material
derived from annual harvesting of specialized non-GM (hybrid) corn and supplied by National Starch
The unique chemical and film-forming properties of this type of starch allow for development of a
range of applications across conventional plastics markets. Plantic materials have a renewable biocontent
of approximately 85%. In addition to being renewably-sourced, Plantic materials are
biodegradable, home compostable, water dispersible and compostable to American (ASTM 6400)
and European (EN 13432) standards.
Plantic Technologies has won numerous international awards for their innovation in biodegradable
plastics. Plantic is listed on the London Stock Exchange (AIM) under the symbol ‘PLNT’. For more
information visit the company’s website www.plantic.com.au.
About the Klöckner Pentaplast Group
The Klöckner Pentaplast Group is the world’s leading producer of films for pharmaceutical, medical
device, food, electronics, and general-purpose thermoform packaging, as well as printing and
specialty applications. Founded in 1965 in Montabaur, Germany, Klöckner Pentaplast has grown
from its initial facility to 19 current production operations in 11 countries.
The Klöckner Pentaplast Group is wholly owned by affiliates of The Blackstone Group. The company
has sales of over $1.6 billion (€1.1 billion) and employs more than 3,200 people committed to serving
customers worldwide. For more information, visit our web site at www.kpfilms.com.