SPI Bioplastics Council Announces Approval of Newest Member PolyOne Corporation

October 26, 2009

Barry Eisenberg
(202) 974-5210

PolyOne, a Diversified Specialty Chemical and Polymer Company, Joins Membership in Mission to Develop Bioplastics as Integral Part of Plastics Industry

The Bioplastics Council, a special interest group of SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association, announced today that PolyOne, a specialty chemical and polymer company headquartered in Avon Lake, Ohio and with 2008 annual revenues of $2.7 billion, has officially been approved as a new member.

“The SPI Bioplastics Council is pleased to see its membership ranks continue to grow,” said Melissa Hockstad, SPI’s vice president, science, technology and regulatory affairs. “With its established line of biopolymer products and innovations, PolyOne is a strong addition to the Council, and we look forward to their participation in the Council’s activities toward developing and promoting bioplastics as an integral part of the plastics industry.”

“We are honored to become a part of SPI's efforts to shape the growth of bioplastics," said Marcel Dartee, global director of biopolymers for PolyOne. "We have been responding to consumer demand for ecologically responsible products with innovative bio-based solutions that meet performance and environmental objectives, and through our participation in the Council, we look forward to contributing to the future of this market."

SPI’s Bioplastics Council was created in order to provide a forum for resin and additive suppliers, as well as processors and equipment suppliers, to promote the development of bioplastics. PolyOne now joins now joins the other members of the group: Arkema, BASF Corporation, Cereplast Inc., DuPont, NatureWorks LLC, Teknor Apex and Telles (a Metabolix/ADM Joint Venture).

The Bioplastics Council recently published the Bioplastics Industry Overview Guide.  Upcoming Council activities include the development of guidance material to address issues such as “food versus fuel” as well as a bioplastics-related life-cycle assessment (LCA) project.

Learn more about the group at http://www.bioplasticscouncil.org. Membership and other inquiries should be addressed to SPI Vice President, Science, Technology and Regulatory Affairs, Melissa Hockstad at mhockstad@plasticsindustry.org or 202-974-5258.

Founded in 1937, SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association promotes growth in the $427 billion U.S. plastics industry. Representing nearly one million American workers in the third largest U.S. manufacturing industry, SPI delivers legislative and regulatory advocacy, market research, industry promotion and the fostering of business relationships and zero waste strategies. SPI also owns and produces the international NPE trade show. All profits from NPE are reinvested into SPI’s industry services. Find SPI online at www.plasticsindustry.org and www.inthehopper.org.

"From resin suppliers and equipment makers to processors and brand owners, SPI is proud to represent all facets of the U.S. plastics industry," said William R. Carteaux, president and CEO, SPI. "Our most recent economic reports show that the plastics industry as a whole is resilient, and has come through the recession significantly better than other U.S. manufacturing sectors."

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