Solegear’s plant-based plastics are known for their high-performance characteristics and process-ability 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 capitalize on business opportunities in the North American market.
“We feel very fortunate to be working with Columbia Plastics, given their longstanding history and expertise in high-quality manufacturing. You don’t get to be successful for seven decades by letting the grass grow under your feet, and Columbia’s focus on innovation makes them an ideal partner for us,” said Toby Reid, CEO of Solegear. “We believe this collaboration will allow Solegear’s Polysole® injection moldable materials to access new applications, providing next-generation and sustainable solutions to a wider group of brands. We are excited about the work we’ve already done with Columbia and look forward to continuing to innovate with them.”
Solegear’s Polysole® injection moldable materials form a complete range of high-performance bioplastic materials that can be processed on conventional injection molding set-ups. With bio-based content ranging from 75% to 100%, the Polysole® family is designed to be recyclable and compostable, offering more options for end of life disposal. Solegear’s focus on green chemistry also means that these materials are more eco-effective, while providing additional efficiency benefits over traditional oil and gas-based commodity plastics such as Polypropylene (PP) and High-Impact Polystyrene (HIPS).
“Columbia Plastics is excited to be adding the Polysole® material to the list of engineered thermoplastic resins that we currently process,” said Brian Holmes, Vice-President and General Manager of Columbia Plastics Ltd. “We are constantly listening to our customers and looking for innovative offerings to meet their requirements, and Solegear’s Polysole® bioplastics material fit the bill perfectly. Test trials of Polysole® were immensely successful, proving that the material processes efficiently in our existing manufacturing setup. We are very excited to be partnering with Solegear to offer Polysole® to customers who are interested in exploring more eco-friendly material choices.”
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.