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Dutch biopolymer firms merge in acquisition

Two Dutch biopolymers suppliers - one with a subsidiary in Canada - are combining to broaden their product portfolios.


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November 26, 2011 by Canadian Plastics

Two Dutch biopolymers suppliers – one with a subsidiary in Canada – are combining to broaden their product portfolios.

Rodenburg Biopolymers, headquartered in Oosterhout, The Netherlands, has acquired fellow Dutch bioplastics producer Optimum.

The terms of the deal have not been disclosed. The purchase is designed to allow Rodenburg to serve both the converter and the compounder markets with biopolymers, including its own “Solanyl” compound based on reclaimed side stream starch from the potato processing industry. Available since 2004, Solanyl is suitable for injection molding, sheet extrusion, thermoforming and blow molding applications. According to Rodenburg, the Solanyl product line will now be complemented by Optimum’s proprietary “FlourPlast” biopolymer, based on grain-derived products, which can be directly compounded with existing biopolyesters.

Rodenburg has a joint venture called “Solanyl Biopolymers Inc.” in Canada, located in Carberry, Man. The joint venture was established in 2004.