Perstorp Group

Perstorp presents Akestra™ - a new plastic alternative

Perstorp Group The Perstorp Group, a world leader in specialty chemicals, will be presenting the next generation of co-polyesters at K Fair 2013. This will include Akestra™, a high performance plastic with remarkable properties. Perstorp have formed a strategic partnership with Mitsubishi Gas Chemical to develop and distribute this exciting co-polyester throughout Europe. On a long term, this will result in both companies jointly establishing the most competitive production platform in Europe for the raw material used in these co-polyesters.

Perstorp puts its main development focus into delivering high performance, safe and sustainable chemistry. Akestra™ is the latest in a long line of innovative products that support Perstorp’s development philosophy. Akestra™ is not only innovative, but represents an entirely new generation of plastics. Its unique properties make it an important alternative to polycarbonate, polystyrene and glass.

Sparkling alternative to polycarbonate, polystyrene & glass Akestra™ is a remarkable plastic with a sparkling glass-like appearance that is sure to enhance both disposable and reusable packaging. It can be used as a polystyrene replacement for heat resistant thin wall containers, a poly-carbonate replacement for durable "dishwasher proof" transparent products and a glass replacement for hot-fill food containers. The high glass transition temperature, combined with its amorphous and high strength properties make it a superior alternative in food packaging, and a material that can be easily blended with other plastics to improve their properties too. Clarity, heat resistance & high melt strength Clarity, heat resistance & high melt strength are properties that open up a wide range of design opportunities particularly in packaging. The high melt strength of Akestra™ makes it particularly suitable for extrusion blow molding as well as extrusion foaming processes. In combination with PET, it creates a finer cell structure allowing further weight savings with superior mechanical properties in structural and packaging foam applications. Akestra™ promotes sustainability too! When used in co-extrusion sheets for thermoforming, Akestra™ bypasses polystyrene heat resistance for hot-fill applications and, by using recycled PET, it can contribute to a more sustainable packaging solution with a lower carbon footprint. Don’t miss out visit us at K Fair.

Discover all the sparkling advantages of Akestra™ by visiting us at stand B15, hall 07.2 at K Fair. Perstorp will also be showcasing new products for biodegradable plastics, non-phthalate plasticizers for sensitive applications and intumescent flame-retardants. More details are available on www.perstorp.com.

For more information, please contact:
David James, Market Development Manager, david.james@perstorp.com, +46 734 27 47 31
Kevin Noels, EMG, knoels@emg-pr.com, +31 164 317 011