Resin distribution companies are encountering a range of limitations in how their clients approach sustainable materials.
In recent interviews, some distribution execs said their clients were pushing for access to biopolymers or materials with recycled content. Others said there was some interest; however, not plenty of sales exercise yet.
The distribution enterprise of Avon Lake, Ohio stationed PolyOne Corp. is focused on sustainability as an originating member of the Alliance to End Plastic Waste. The firm additionally ranks as one of North America’s largest compounders and concentrate producers.
PolyOne at present has over 30 materials that have been called as sustainable that are available to clients. Horn added that his agency’s sustainable solutions portfolio “incorporates dozens of materials from several suppliers that can allow customers to achieve their sustainability goals.”
Recycled content polymers offered by PolyOne embrace PC/ABS, acrylics, polypropylene, and different styrenics. The agency further features bio-based acrylics, cellulosic, and nylon grades based on castor oil.
Greg Boston has seen interest in sustainable grades of polyolefin composites, nylons, and styrenics at General Polymers Thermoplastic Materials in Auburn Hills, Mich.
At Nexeo Solutions Plastics in The Woodlands, Texas, sustainability “is one way that we work with our prospects,” per Executive Vice President Shawn Williams. “We will discover ways for them to improve their cycle times with renewable or recycled content in materials like PLA.
Vinmar Polymers America of Houston has seen “customers across the world asking about sustainable merchandise,” according to Vishal Goradia, senior vice chairman with parent agency Vinmar International.