Barcelona, Spain - Merquinsa has been shortlisted for an innovation award in the 2nd Bioplastics Awards to be held 5-6 December in Cologne, Germany.
The awards are to be held in conjunction with the 9th Annual Bioplastics Conference, organised by European Plastics News, a sister magazine to Urethanes Technology International.
Merquinsa recently revealed it was the first supplier to develop and market thermoplastic polyurethanes (TPUs) made from renewable sources under the trademarks Pearlthane and Pearlbond Eco.
These are the world's first TPUs to be made from 40 percent to 95 percent (by weight) renewable resources, as an alternative to petroleum-based TPU products, Merquinsa, said. The TPUs are based on "breakthrough proprietary technology," for which patents are pending, Merquinsa added.