More and more of our customers are asking for biopolymer coloration. Today, color masterbatches are made up almost exclusively of polymer carrier materials and corresponding colorants. AF-COLOR’s AF-Eco® product range is based on biodegradable materials. For our AF-Eco® colour, carbon black and additive masterbatches, we exclusively use biodegradable polyesters as the carrier matrix.
Various additive combinations are available in the AF-Eco® product range, all designed to meet the specific technical and color requirements of our customers. AF-Eco® masterbatches are ideal for use in injection moulding, film, profile and sheet extrusion as well as for thermoforming applications. We can also create specific combination products and special tailor-made products following an application-support consultation.
Biodegradable Color, Carbon Black and Additive Masterbatches
AF-Eco® Color and Carbon Black Masterbatches
The AF-Eco® product portfolio has now been enriched with a broad range of biodegradable masterbatch carriers, providing the fitting base carrier for each application. This new products have been developed to meet the requirements of every biodegradable plastics application and their increasing complexity, also minimizing the interactions with other polymer components of the compound.
AF-Eco® Additive Masterbatches
The AF-Eco® additive masterbatches are also made with biodegradable carrier materials which are paired with corresponding active ingredients. We offer, for example, functional masterbatches such as lubricant, anti-block and blowing agent masterbatches. We would be pleased to work with you to develop additive masterbatches, based on biodegradable carrier materials, that suit your individual requirements – and which are upon request tested and certified according to EN 13432.
Meeting Industry Standards
In Europe, the relevant standard is EN 13432, within which the suppliers have to operate on the basis of appropriate tests. The recipes of AF-Eco® masterbatches comply with the requirements of this standard, which above all regulates the heavy metal content, for example for use in packaging applications. The certification bodies TÜV AUSTRIA Belgium and DIN CERTCO have their own laboratories that carry out tests.
Our standard portfolio already contains numerous colour shades. Of course, we also realise your individual wishes - with our certified colour pool we can realise almost any colour target. We will be happy to advise you.
The waste management sector faces major challenges. Solutions are needed for a sustainable future, as it can take several hundred years for conventional plastics to decompose. Here, BIO-FED another branch of AKRO-PLASTIC, offers a solution: biodegradable and/or bio-based M-VERA®-compounds. These biocompounds are optimally suitable for the application together with AF-Eco® masterbatches and can be used in many processing techniques without any problems.
Here we present examples of how M∙VERA® biomaterials produced with our AF-Eco® masterbatches.
AF-Eco® - Masterbatches for biodegradable film applications
This process is regulated in EN 13432 and awarded with a seal such as "OK compost INDUSTRIAL" by TÜV AUSTRIA Belgium. The biodegradable bio-compound used must be at least 90 % fragmented under industrial conditions after 3 months, and remaining fragments must not be larger than 2 mm. Furthermore, after 6 months, the film must be biodegraded to 90 %, while a conventional grocery bag remains unchanged for several decades or even centuries. With our AF-Eco® products we show you possibilities in color of the compostable plastic range.
Do you have specific requirements when it comes to your shopping bags? Contact us and together we will develop a product that meets your needs.