Perstorp presents Akestra™ - a new plastic alternative

10 September 2013

The Perstorp Group, a world leader in specialty chemicals, will be presenting the next generation of co-polyesters at K Fair 2013. This will include Akestra™, a high performance plastic with remarkable properties. Perstorp have formed a strategic partnership with Mitsubishi Gas Chemical to develop and distribute this exciting co-polyester throughout Europe. On a long term, this will result in both companies jointly establishing the most competitive production platform in Europe for the raw material used in these co-polyesters.

Perstorp puts its main development focus into delivering high performance, safe and sustainable chemistry. Akestra™ is the latest in a long line of innovative products that support Perstorp’s development philosophy. Akestra™ is not only innovative, but represents an entirely new generation of plastics. Its unique properties make it an important alternative to polycarbonate, polystyrene and glass.

Sparkling alternative to polycarbonate, polystyrene & glass
Akestra™ is a remarkable plastic with a sparkling glass-like appearance that is sure to enhance both disposable and reusable packaging. It can be used as a polystyrene replacement for heat resistant thin wall containers, a polycarbonate replacement for durable “dishwasher proof” transparent products and a glass replacement for hot-fill food containers. The high glass transition temperature, combined with its amorphous and high strength properties make it a superior alternative in food packaging, and a material that can be easily blended with other plastics to improve their properties too.

Clarity, heat resistance & high melt strength
Clarity, heat resistance & high melt strength are properties that open up a wide range of design opportunities particularly in packaging. The high melt strength of Akestra™ makes it particularly suitable for extrusion blow molding as well as extrusion foaming processes. In combination with PET, it creates a finer cell structure allowing further weight savings with superior mechanical properties in structural and packaging foam applications.

Akestra™ promotes sustainability too!
When used in co-extrusion sheets for thermoforming, Akestra™ bypasses polystyrene heat resistance for hot-fill applications and, by using recycled PET, it can contribute to a more sustainable packaging solution with a lower carbon footprint. 

Don’t miss out visit us at K Fair
Discover all the sparkling advantages of Akestra™ by visiting us at stand B15, hall 07.2 at K Fair. Perstorp will also be showcasing new products for biodegradable plastics, non-phthalate plasticizers for sensitive applications and intumescent flame-retardants.

Go to our K 2013 web page>> for more details on Perstorp’s presence at K Fair 2013.

David James
David James
Vice President, Innovation
+46 435 374 88
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