Within this framework, the first plant to use a new polymerisation technology for PLA that recently was developed by Sulzer Chemtech and Purac Biochem will be built by Synbra Technology in the Netherlands for the production of BioFoam®; a foamed product made from this PLA. BioFoam® will be positioned complementary to the wide range of polystyrene foam products offered today. The new plant has a capacity of 5.000 ton/year. With this move Synbra intends to take a leading position in Europe as supplier of sustainable and biologically degradable polymers from renewable sources.
Synbra has received the Cradle to Cradle certification for the production of BioFoam®. This is world's first Poly-Lactid Acid (PLA) based product and world's first bio-based foamed product to receive this certification.
Being produced from the renewable resource PLA, BioFoam® is an addition to the current range of advanced EPS foam products offered today. BioFoam® has a different environmental profile over traditional oil based plastics. After use, the BioFoam® product can be remoulded into a new product like EPS and it has additional end of life options. It can be completely biodegraded, composted or used for feedstock for recycling. Being ‘designed for the environment' implies there is no chemical waste, which complies with the so called ‘Cradle to Cradle' principles. In March 2010 Synbra also received the Cradle tot Cradle certification for the production of PLA BioBeads®
Out of more than 400 contestants Synbra Technology has won the gold medal for developing the most innovative product in the national Syntens innovation top 100 for 2010. The Dutch rubber and plastics federation (NRK) has awarded this development with the gold sustainability medal for the most innovative and daring project for 2009 in the Dutch plastics industry. In May 2009 Frost & Sullivan, the marketing research company has awarded the innovation of the year award to the polymerisation process - developed jointly with Purac and Sulzer.