To strengthen the supply chain, KP Tech Group has embarked upon backward integration and decided foray into manufacturing of bioplastic (biodegradable and bio based), which can be used in food packaging, food containers, carry bags, technical textile applications (non woven), 3D printing filament, etc.
This project is designed to develop completely compostable polymers. This includes development of poly(lactic acid) based degradable plastic resins and its bio composite formulations, known as Neo-Compostable plastics.
This concept will open new industrial practice and bio-economic opportunities not only for potential to replace conventional non degradable plastics but to provide an opportunity to stand technologically upfront in terms of worldwide intellectual properties in the area of sustainable non-toxic products and its dissemination.
Why this Bio based & Biodegradable Polymer ?
The Bio based & Biodegradable Polymer will have the major content of named chemically as Poly(lactic acid) and abbreviated as PLA. PLA is a bio based and biodegradable heat resistant high performance polymer. PLA bioplastic offers a significantly reduced carbon footprint versus traditional oil-based plastics, which is very important for the health of our planet.
Poly(lactic acid), made from fermented plant starch (usually corn/sugarcane) is quickly becoming a popular alternative to traditional petroleum-based plastics. PLA also will not emit toxic fumes when incinerated.
PLA is Insoluble in water, moisture and grease resistant. It is Biodegradable & Compostable. It can also have a clarity and glossiness similar to other plastics. Considering ban on plastics in India and elsewhere across several countries in the world, there is a dire need to create an alternate to plastics. KP Tech sees huge opportunities in this segment through introduction of this bioplastic and serve the world market with product to nurture and save planet earth.
Technology & Research to manufacture PLA
KP Tech Group has undertaken research on manufacturing PLA with Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IIT Guwahati). The Memorandum of Agreement is signed and research is in progress at Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Polymers, CoE SusPol at IIT Guwahati. Professor at IIT Guwahati is leading the project along with Mr. Divyesh Dadhaniya, who has completed his Masters in Polymer Engineering from Hochschule Aalen, Germany and on board of KP Tech Group.
The Lab scale production has been already achieved successfully at IIT Guwahati. The Pilot scale project is underway in association with leading engineering consultant in chemical and bio engineering.