The first regions to market this application are the Nordics and French regions.
Pascal Chabance, head of business development and sales at Lactips, said, “We were looking for a leading distributor with a well-established footprint across Europe, strong technical sales expertise and a sustainable approach, IMCD meets all those criteria. We are starting with two pilot countries with a potential extension the rest of Europe.”
Patrick Van Vugt, EMEA director of IMCD Advanced Materials Business Group, said, “Lactips’ thermoplastic pellet based on milk protein is a cutting edge innovation. We are pleased to have been chosen as a trusted partner to develop and expand their offer in various applications. With our skilled technical sales team and our in-depth market knowledge, we are convinced we can grow this sustainable business together.”
Created in 2014 by Marie-Hélène Gramatikoff, plastics and business strategy specialist, and Frédéric Prochazka, PhD, researcher at Saint-Etienne University, Lactips designs, develops and markets a ground-breaking water-soluble, biodegradable plastic-free material based on natural ingredients.
Completely industrially applicable on all plastic processes, Lactips’ pellets are currently being launched on the market as fully bio-sourced packaging for detergent products. This new material is also food contact safe, edible and aligned with the sustainable goals of the food industry. Lactips plans to set up a 2,500 sq m plant to increase its capacity to more than 3,000 tons a year.