Canadian injection moulders' bioplastic partnership for North American market

Vancouver-based Solegear Bioplastic Technologies Inc. (SGB), and Surrey, BC-based Columbia Plastics Ltd, a custom injection moulding company, are collaborating to manufacture and distribute products made with Solegear's proprietary Polysole(R) bioplastics.

Solegear's plant-based plastics are known for their high-performance characteristics and processability on existing manufacturing equipment, allowing for the effective integration of Solegear's green chemistry-based technologies with Columbia's custom manufacturing capabilities. The companies will work on a customer-by-customer basis to capitalise on business opportunities in the North American market.

Solegear's Polysole injection mouldable materials are a suite of high-performance bioplastic materials that can be processed on conventional injection moulding set-ups. With bio-based content ranging from 75-100%, the Polysole family is designed to be recyclable and compostable, offering more options for end of life disposal.

Brian Holmes, Vice-President and General Manager of Columbia Plastics says that they are adding Polysole material to the list of engineered thermoplastic resins that the firm currently processes. Columbia has validated the characteristics and scalability of Solegear's Polysole bioplastics and the companies will begin to jointly market and distribute Polysole starting in May 2015.


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