ALPLA backing biode­gra­dable materials

Acqui­si­tion of a signi­fi­cant mino­rity stake in a Slovak com­pany spe­cia­lised in the manu­fac­tu­ring and rese­arch of bio-based and biode­gra­dable plastics.

Hard, 22 July 2021 – With its acqui­si­tion of a signi­fi­cant mino­rity stake in the Slovak com­pany Panara a.s., the global pack­a­ging spe­cia­list, the ALPLA Group, is step­ping up its acti­vi­ties in the rese­arch field of alter­na­tive, sus­tainable raw mate­rials for pack­a­ging. Panara is focu­sing on the deve­lo­p­ment of fully bio-based and biode­gra­dable plastics.

ALPLA is pur­suing a holi­stic approach that requires that all of its pro­duct areas and future pack­a­ging solu­tions are being deve­loped with a func­tio­ning cir­cular eco­nomy in mind. Hence sel­ec­ting mate­rials that are sui­table for bio-based and biode­gra­dable pack­a­ging. In pur­suit of its mis­sion, ALPLA is inves­ting in the Panara a.s. and is acqui­ring a signi­fi­cant mino­rity share in this Slovak com­pany spe­cia­lised in the deve­lo­p­ment of bioplastics.

ALPLA Chairman Gün­ther Lehner, who is respon­sible for sus­taina­bi­lity, cir­cular eco­nomy, tech­no­logy deve­lo­p­ment and inno­va­tion: ‘Panara has a lot of expe­ri­ence in the area of bio-based pla­s­tics. In acqui­ring a stake in the com­pany and part­ne­ring with Panara, we want to leverage this exper­tise and make the transfer of know­ledge pos­sible for our appli­ca­tions and customers.’

Fully Bio-based and com­post­able plastic
Panara has been con­duc­ting rese­arch in the area of bio­po­ly­mers since 2006. This involves its part­ne­ring with the Slovak Uni­ver­sity of Tech­no­logy in Bra­tis­lava and the Centre for Applied Rese­arch of Envi­ron­men­tally Fri­endly Poly­meric Mate­rials (CEPOMA) in Nitra. Just recently, the com­pany intro­duced a bio­pla­stic to the market under the brand name Nono­ilen which is made enti­rely using rene­wable resources, is recy­clable and can be com­ple­tely indus­tri­ally com­posted at the end of its life cycle. The mate­rial is also temperature-resistant and stable. Chris­tian Zmölnig, Director of Cor­po­rate Rese­arch and Inno­va­tion at ALPLA, sees the col­la­bo­ra­tion as ano­ther step in the direc­tion of the pack­a­ging of the future: ‘As a tech­no­logy leader in the area of pack­a­ging mate­rials, we engage in ongoing work with part­ners to develop new raw mate­rials that will mini­mise carbon dioxide emis­sions as well as resource consumption.’

Advan­cing the cir­cular economy
Acqui­ring a stake in Panara is in line with ALPLA’s stra­tegic focus of increased invest­ment in the cir­cular eco­nomy. The four Rs Replace, Reduce, Re-use and Recycle are cru­cial in order to advance forward-looking acti­vi­ties and to iden­tify areas of action.

The “Replace rese­arch field” com­prises rese­arch into and the use of alter­na­tive, bio-based and recy­clable materials.

ALPLA is already involved in the deve­lo­p­ment of paper-based bot­tles with the com­pany Paboco, for example, and has unveiled a home-compostable coffee cap­sule to the public.

Reduce focuses on an ongoing reduc­tion in mate­rial con­sump­tion, Re-use is all about opti­mi­sing the pro­per­ties of pla­stic bot­tles for reuse sys­tems and Recycle addresses the over­ar­ching objec­tive of kee­ping as much pla­stic as pos­sible in the recy­cling cycle.


About ALPLA Group
ALPLA is one of the leading companies involved in plastic packaging. Around 21,600 employees worldwide produce custom-made packaging systems, bottles, caps and moulded parts at 178 sites across 45 countries. The high-quality packaging is used in a wide range of areas, including for food and drinks, cosmetics and care products, household detergents, washing and cleaning agents, pharmaceutical products, engine oils and lubricants.

ALPLA operates its own recycling plants for PET and HDPE in Austria, Poland and Spain, and in the form of joint ventures in Mexico and Germany. Other projects are being realised across the globe.


About Panara a.s.
The company Panara a.s. was established in 2001 as a production and trading company of PE plastics films. In 2006 the company specialised into bioplastics with the goal to develop biodegradable- bio-based blends for different types of plastic processing. The core business of the company is currently focused on R&D activities with the scope of the highest environmental level in the field of plastics –multicomponent biobased and biodegradable blends based on PHA and PLA polymers and the production of those blends.


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