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IMCD and Lactips enter into distribution agreement 

France-based Lactips, the creator of the first fully biodegradable ‘plastic free’ material - and IMCD Group, a global leading distributor of speciality chemicals and food ingredients - have entered a distribution partnership to market Lactips’ water-soluble, 100% bio-based and fully biodegradable raw materials.

The agreement will initially cover the Nordics and the French regions.
Lactips, said Pascal Chabance, Head of Business Development and Sales, was looking for a leading distributor with a well-established footprint across Europe, strong technical sales expertise and a sustainable approach. “IMCD meets all those criteria. We are starting with two pilot countries with a potential extension the rest of Europe,” he explained.
Patrick van Vugt, EMEA Director of IMCD Advanced Materials Business Group, added: “Lactips’ thermoplastic pellet based on milk protein is a cutting edge innovation. We are pleased to have been chosen as a trusted partner to develop and expand their offer in various applications. With our skilled technical sales team and our in-depth market knowledge, we are convinced we can grow this sustainable business together.”
Lactips material is water-soluble, edible and food contact approved. It is currently being launched on the market as fully bio-sourced packaging for detergent products. The company is planning a 2,500 sq.m plant in the medium term in order to increase production capacity to 3,000 tons a year and more.


Publication date: 09/07/2019

Bioplastics magazine (News)


This project has received funding from the Bio Based Industries Joint Undertaking under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 837761.