Milliken & Company is all set to begin construction of the largest clarifier plant in Blacksburg, South Carolina. The world-class plant is scheduled to begin operations in 2020 and will boost the capacity of Milliken’s Millad NX 8000 clarifier by near about 50 percent. The expansion is needed to meet fast-growing global demand for this polypropylene additive that is helping users to realize significant sustainability and performance advantages.
As per Allen Jacoby, Vice president for Milliken’s Plastic Additives business: “Brand owners and packaging producers are clearly seeing how Millad NX 8000 can contribute to improved environmental and manufacturing results. It is one of the most successful products in the history of plastic additives, and arguably the most important in the past 30 years.”
Such never seen global demand for the technology has prompted Milliken to expedite the construction of its new facility by two years.
Demand for Millad NX 8000 is increasing in every geographical region and across various end-use markets. However, the strongest growth is witnessed in Asia. Milliken’s investment will enable the company to better serve its customers worldwide and meet dynamic market requirements.
Zach Adams, global product line manager for Milliken’s Plastic Additives business, says: “In contrast to previous generation clarifier technologies, Millad NX 8000 has the potential to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions for plastic manufacturers. Our propriety technology improves the aesthetics and processability of polypropylene, a plastic which is lightweight, has a low carbon footprint and almost always performs better than less sustainable plastics in a life cycle analysis.”
Underwriters Laboratories (UL) have validated that the processing of resin containing Millad NX 8000 requires lower energy consumption than other polypropylene that uses third-generation clarifiers. Thus, it allows the UL eco-label to be used on those products. Lower processing temperatures are benefitting users with energy savings.
Adam further added: “Brand owners are increasingly recognizing the value of adding the UL eco-label to their products, given that polypropylene clarified with Millad NX 8000 has been shown to provide energy savings of 8 to 15 percent in their injection molded, transparent products. These firms also see the use of this UL label on their packaging as enhancing their brands at a time when sustainability has never been more important.”
Jacoby further stated: “Millad NX 8000 clarifier technology represents a step forward in both environmental and product performance. Milliken is asking other companies in the plastics supply chain to join us in stepping up to the plastics end of life challenge.”