Silvergate Plastics, a UK masterbatch producer specialized in the development and production of multi-component, polymer-specific masterbatch, has further expanded its portfolio of sustainable masterbatches with the launch of its colour masterbatch range with 30% recycled content.
Initially available only in white, it is now available in any colour across the spectrum.
The development is a direct response to the government’s proposed plastic packaging tax, which will come into effect in April 2022, said Silvergate’s technical manager, Mark Loughlin.
The company immediately launched the development of new technologies that support packaging manufacturers and the plastic industry as a whole.
“To ensure we developed the best possible solution, we set out a strict objective; we wanted to develop a prime performance solution so neither the properties of the masterbatch nor moulding polymer would be affected by the use of recycled raw materials. We have therefore identified high quality recyclates and developed a robust formulation to ensure this range performs like prime materials,” said Loughlin.
The initial white masterbatch product incorporating recyclate generated huge interest and demand in the market, he added. This set off the need to expand into other colours as well.
Loughlin: “As we are not limited to specific colour collections, we are able to successfully incorporate recyclates into the formulations of any colour the customer requests.”