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The newest update to
Positive Plastics is the
result of a collaboration
that displays different
surface qualities and
textures alongside several
mechanical properties.
Positive Plastics photo
Positive Plastics goes beyond
the surface with latest update
By Karen Laird
Sustainable Plastics
The Positive Plastics team -
the three material experts behind
the Positive Plastics initiative
launched two years ago at Fakuma
2021 - is back with its third
sample kit in Friedrichshafen,
Germany. For the fi rst time, this
year's offering includes a Positive
Surfaces kit, developed in collaboration
with France-based Roctool.
The idea behind Positive
Plastics, said founders Efrat
Friedland, Erik Moth-Müller and
Markus Paloheimo - all consultants
and educators in the materials
and polymers fi eld - was
to create a source that designers
and engineers could go to
for reliable, trusted information
about alternatives to virgin, fossil-based
plastics.
They called it Positive Plastics
to counteract the negativity
surrounding the image and use
of plastics. By underscoring the
benefi cial aspects of these materials,
they also sought to promote
a greater acceptance of their use.
The initiative has been a success.
That fi rst kit, refreshed
and replenished with innovative
plastics, made way for the
launch of the second kit at K
2022 in Düsseldorf, and the third
kit is on display at the booths of
various participating manufacturers
at Fakuma 2023 featuring
10 new materials.
A new element has been added
to this latest collection: the
inclusion of a kit called Positive
Surfaces, designed by Paloheimo
in partnership with Roctool,
a heat and cool induction technology
and manufacturing solutions
provider.
Roctool's technology enables
processors to achieve high-quality
textures and surface fi nishes
in injection molding products, including
in recycled plastics.
Roctool CEO Mathieu Boulanger
understood and supported
the concept of the Positive
Plastics kits and reached out to
the team with an offer to create a
combined kit for the new edition.
" I simply love the idea behind
Positive Plastics. The kit is an excellent
tool for any designer who
wants to create more sustainable
products, " he said. " But I fi rmly
believe that the material is not the
only parameter to consider. What
about the process? How far can
we increase the perceived quality
of those materials? How can we
improve the look and feel of recycled
materials without having
to coat them? I was missing this
perspective, so I offered Positive
Plastics to collaborate and investigate
this direction. "
The result of the collaboration
between the two is a new sample
that displays different surface
qualities and textures alongside
several mechanical properties.
Group Pernoud performed the
mold modifi cations while Oerlikon
Balzers provided the hot runners.
The materials in the new Positive
Surfaces kit are all 100 percent
post-consumer, mechanically
recycled grades: polypropylene,
PET, ABS, polycarbonate/ABS and
ABS reinforced with glass fi ber.
" We are thrilled to equip designers
with additional know-how
and tools to create beautiful and
circular products, " said Friedland.
" Roctool is a proven molding
technology that has existed
for years. It enables the creation
of advanced surfaces, from ultra-gloss
fi nishes to very low
matte levels. Aside from aesthetic
advantages, brands also have
a chance to eliminate secondary
processes and, as a result, reduce
production costs. The induction
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on the resin grade, cycle time
reduction. This is a real chance
to bring recyclates to light and
boost consumer adoption. "
The new Positive Surfaces and
Positive Plastics kits are being
launched at the Fakuma fair in Friedrichshafen.
They are on display
at the stands of Sabic, Mocom, poraComp
and Group Pernoud.
Positive Plastics will send a
complimentary kit to 10 brands
and design agencies, as they did
with previous kits, to encourage
an informed selection of materials
and surfaces.
The latest kits will shortly be
available for purchase online.
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