Biesterfeld brings SK Chemicals’ sustainable copolyesters to the global cosmetics industry

SK Chemicals launches new, sustainable product solutions from the ECOTRIA® brand onto the market. Following the successful establishment in the cosmetics industry of ECOTRIA® R100 and ECOTRIA® R200 products, which contain up to 30% PCR material, SK Chemicals and Biesterfeld are now presenting new product types with up to 70% PCR content in the form of ECOTRIA® R101 and ECOTRIA® R102. As a longterm strategic partner to SK Chemicals, Biesterfeld will be distributing the ECOTRIA® grades in the EMEA region and Brazil.

The ECOTRIA® product family offers high transparency, especially in thick-walled parts, and excellent chemical resistance. The PCR component is made entirely from recycled PET bottles and, alongside other sustainable copolyester product solutions from SK Chemicals, is 100% certified as RIC 1-compatible. With ECOTRIA®, SK Chemicals and Biesterfeld are offering tailor-made sustainable packaging solutions developed specifically for the cosmetics market, which help customers to satisfy EU regulations such as Directive 94/62/EC. The product family therefore receives a lot of positive feedback from customers. “Sustainability is of great importance to us,” says Denis Moiraud, Plant Director, Medicos Izernore. “ECOTRIA® R200 contains PCR and is also recyclable with PET so it’s completely in line with the latest directives on packaging and packaging waste. The grade combines aesthetics, physical properties and the green expectations of our customers.”

In addition to products containing mechanically recycled PCR PET, SK Chemicals extends its sustainable product range using chemically recycled PET. ECOTRIA® CR is due to be launched on the global market from the 4th quarter. The technology used to chemically process the recycled material makes it possible to fully restore the transparency of the original material. ECOTRIA® is now part of Biesterfeld’s copolyester portfolio, based around the SKYPET®, SKYGREEN® and ECOZEN® product families.

“Together with our partners we’re working hard to offer our customers sustainable solutions for their products,” says Wilhelm Postel, Business Manager Biesterfeld Plastic. “As a long-term and important innovation partner, SK Chemicals plays a key role in these efforts. Our shared goal is to globally expand our partnership and market share for sustainable copolyesters.”

“Biesterfeld has been distributing our product solutions internationally for several decades with great success and has grown to become one of the most important strategic partners in Europe and Brazil for SK Chemicals,” adds Steve Kim, Head of Copolyester, SK Chemicals.

About SK Chemicals

SK Chemicals, a member of SK Group in South Korea, has been actively shaping the market for polyester-based products since over 50 years. From fabrics via PET resin up to the Copolyesters and other polyester specialties SK Chemicals supplies its customers globally through several overseas subsidiaries (Europe, US, China, Japan). Sustainability and eco-friendliness as the main trends became an important part of SK Chemicals product development programs and company culture.

About Biesterfeld Plastic

Biesterfeld Plastic is a leading international distributor in the plastics industry with long-term sales partnerships in over 40 countries. Major plastics producers such as DuPont, ExxonMobil Chemical, INEOS Olefins & Polymers Europe, BASF Polyurethanes, Solvay, Chi Mei and LG Chem rely on the efficient performance offered by Biesterfeld Plastic and have accompanied their growth for many years. Biesterfeld Plastic is part of the Biesterfeld Group, which has been operating as a trading and service company for more than 115 years. The Group is one of the leading companies in the chemical and plastics distribution sector with around 40 locations worldwide in Europe, North and South America, Asia and Africa. The majority-owned company relies on continued growth in its four business units Biesterfeld Plastic, Biesterfeld Performance Rubber, Biesterfeld Spezialchemie and Biesterfeld International.

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