Smart plastic alternative for better future
To strengthen the supply chain, KP Tech Group has embarked upon backward integration and decided to foray into the manufacturing of bioplastic (biodegradable and bio-based), which can be used in food packaging, food containers, carry bags, technical textile applications (nonwoven), 3D printing filament, etc.
This project is designed to develop completely compostable polymers. This is the ludes development of poly (lactic acid) based degradable plastic resins and their biocomposite formulations, known as Neo-Compostable plastics.
This concept will open new industrial practice and bio-economic opportunities, not only for the potential to replace conventional no 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 their 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 clarity and glossiness similar to other plastics. Considering the ban on plastics in India and elsewhere across several countries in the world, there is a dire need to create an alternative to plastics. KP Tech sees huge opportunities in this segment through the introduction of this bioplastic and serves the world market with products to nurture and save planet earth.
Technology & Research to manufacture PLA
KP Tech Group has undertaken research on manufacturing the PLA with the Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IIT Guwahati). The Memorandum of Agreement is signed and research is in progress at the 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 master’s in Polymer Engineering from Hochschule Aalen, Germany, and onboard 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 a leading engineering consultant in chemical and bioengineering.
Leading Non-Woven Products’ Machinery Manufacturers in India. Based in one of the fastest-growing cities of Gujarat KP Tech has emerged with a positive brand image for their view and push towards the use of eco-friendly PP nonwoven material as well as setting up the new trend of ultrasonic stitching with new technology instead of the conventional thread stitching and promoting.
Presently, working on a biodegradable polymer project to establish an industrial-scale production of bioplastic. His pursuit began with his undergraduate education in Mechanical engineering from VVP Engg. College, Rajkot (hometown). The negative impact of synthetic plastic products on the environment caught his attention which further motivated him to pursue a master’s in polymer technology from Hochschule Aalen, Germany in 2015. During his stay in Germany, he completed his thesis from a multinational company, STANLEY Engineered Fastening at Linden, Germany; also worked in the Mercedes-Benz Production plant at Daimler AG, Bremen, Germany as a holiday worker during his vacation time. While doing his master’s, working on sustainable polymer became his dream. His quest to fulfill his dream led him to work innovatively and independently in the KP Tech research laboratory in Ahmedabad, India. His hard work brought him one step closer to his mission which he envisioned years back. Currently, he is carrying out his research at IIT Guwahati to establish commercial production.
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