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Rapra provides biocompostable standards and research

Rapra Technology Limited : 30 March, 2006  (New Product)
Rapra Technology, Europe's leading independent plastics and rubber research organisation, reports a significant growth in demand for its expertise associated with compostable materials.
Rapra Technology, Europe's leading independent plastics and rubber research organisation, reports a significant growth in demand for its expertise associated with compostable materials.

The work in biogradable and compostable materials technology was catalysed this year by financial support from the Telford-based Polymer Cluster; channeling funding provided from Advantage West Midlands and the European Regional Development Fund.

This funding was used to develop a number of pioneering case studies, based in the Wolverhampton and Telford area and thus to progress the UK's compostable and biodegradable polymer materials know-how and testing work in general.

Based on these pilot studies and in response to the increased profile of 'biodegradable' and 'compostable' materials in the UK, Rapra has now fashioned a number of programmes to match. These include:

Provision of testing to the defined European standard - EN 13432
Related leading-edge research and development projects
Participation in supply chain initiatives such as the UK Compostable Packaging Group.

Inception and hosting of technology-specific events
Development of targeted research programmes
Rapra's David Ingles is leading the project and says that 'previously, the only approved facilities to conduct such materials testing and analysis programmes were on mainland Europe.'

The UK's Composting Association has accordingly established an Accreditation scheme which is linked to the existing validatory scheme, DIN CERTCO, based in Germany. This scheme enables material manufacturers and converters to certificate their products as being compliant with the tests contained in EN 13432.

Accordingly Rapra now has set up dedicated laboratories and pilot-scale facilities to deliver this service to the rapidly expanding UK market. 'Demand has been strong,' says Ingles 'and alongside our capital investment, we have been fortunate to receive considerable support from the Polymer Cluster in relation to staff training, accreditation fees and promotional activities. It is hoped that this test facility will prove a valuable resource for all UK-based companies active in this market.'
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