Polylactic Acid Additives target for food and beverage packaging.

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Designed to optimize physical properties and aesthetics of polylactic acid, SoluPLAs(TM) line of additive concentrates and masterbatches enable PLA to be considered for broad range of applications, including food and beverage packaging. Additive solutions, comprising impact modifiers, mold release agents, UV absorbers, anti-static agents, and toners, optimize impact resistance and clarity. Products can be formulated to meet FDA medical, pharmaceutical, and food-contact requirements.



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Plastics Color Corp. (PCC) Unveils New SoluPLAs(TM) Line of Additive Packages for PLA Modification



ANAHEIM, Calif., - Plastics Color Corp. (PCC), a leading supplier of color concentrates and additive masterbatches for the plastics industry, has expanded its line of additives and toner packages for modification of polylactic acid (PLA) for food and beverage packaging. The new SoluPLAs(TM) line of additive concentrates and masterbatches deliver significant improvements in clarity and impact, positioning PLA for broader market use. The company made the introduction at the 2011 Plastec West exhibition here (Booth #3947) Feb. 8-10.

"Our new line of additive solutions are designed to enhance the physical properties and aesthetics of PLA, thus imparting enhanced functionality and the potential for PLA to be considered for a much broader range of applications," explained PCC Director of Development Tim Workman. "PLA can now be modified to meet specific manufacturing needs."

Corn-based PLA biopolymers have enjoyed strong growth as a sustainable option for traditional hydrocarbon-based thermoplastics such as polyesters, polyolefins, polystyrene, and cellulosics. However, they suffer from performance limitations in terms of impact and aesthetics. Addressing these issues is PCC's new line of SoluPLAs additive solutions including impact modifiers, mold release agents, denesters, UV absorbers, anti-static agents, and toners.

Specifically, SoluPLAs additives offer significant improvement in terms of impact resistance and clarity compared to competing products for injection molding and extrusion applications.

PCC's SoluPLAs additives can be formulated to meet FDA medical, pharmaceutical, and food-contact requirements. Customers with specific sustainability requirements can take advantage of custom formulations that can be developed to meet specific applications needs.

About Plastics Color Corp.

Plastics Color Corp. (PCC), headquartered in Calumet City, Ill., is a global provider of custom polymer solutions, compounds, colorants, and additive masterbatches for an extensive range of markets; from pharmaceutical packaging to medical devices to consumer packaging to sporting goods and many more. PCC supports a wide variety of manufacturing processes, materials, and additive packages that include process additives, pigment blends, and thermoplastic compounds of all types. Partnerships with customers to meet specific challenges - from concept to commercialization - define PCC's approach to the market. PCC is dedicated to its "Pyramid of Partnership," which compels vendors, customers, and associates to share the latest information and technology for mutual benefit. PCC has more than 40 years of experience in the polymer industry and operates fully-equipped product development laboratories and manufacturing facilities in California, Illinois, North Carolina, and Nanjing, China. PCC's Illinois lab is certified by the American Association of Laboratory Accreditation, A2LA. PCC also provides testing and product development services through its Solutions Center in Asheboro, N.C. For more information, call (800)922-9936 or visit www.plasticscolor.com.

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