Clariant and Polymateria launch partnership to bring new Biotransformation technology to market in South East Asia

Muttenz, October 18, 2019 – Polymateria, a British business developing a new standard in biodegradable and compostable plastics, has announced a partnership with Clariant, one of the world’s leading specialty chemical companies, to bring its new Biotransformation technology to market in South East Asia. The announcement was made at the K Show in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Polymateria and Clariant have decided to focus on South East Asia as this is the main source of “fugitive” plastic globally. Fugitive plastic is the 32% of plastic each year which escapes the circular economy and leaks into the natural environment.

Previous issues with biodegradable solutions have faltered in the past, largely due to the creation of microplastic and  lack of compatibility with recycling systems. There has also been confusion from consumers around what action to take once they are finished with the packaging.

In order for the circular economy to work, products need to be designed with end of use in mind, ensuring that the materials used are good for all life. What’s really needed for the circular economy to work is “Good Cycling”, which ensures the materials used are able to return to nature when the technical cycle fails without causing any ecotoxicology issues. Any plastic that is unable to demonstrate this, whether degraded or not, is simply “Bad Cycling”.

The concept of “Good Cycling” has influenced / been behind the development of Polymateria’s revolutionary Biotransformation technology which ensures return to nature without creating microplastic. It also ensures products don’t begin biodegrading until a pre-programmed timeframe has elapsed and importantly allows for recycling to take place.

Niall Dunne CEO of Polymateria said: “We are delighted to partner with Clariant to bring our Biotransformation technology to market in South East Asia, with the ambition to combine our technology and formulation know-how with their global reach and production capabilities and knowledge of the Masterbatches market.”

Dr. Jan Sueltemeyer, Global Head of Innovation & Sustainability at Clariant said: “Clariant Masterbatches has a clear strategy towards sustainability, supporting recycling, bioplastics and biodegradation through partnerships. Polymateria provides a missing link for us and we are excited to bring this technology to regions of the world where fugitive plastic is greatest.

Together we will also support government and standards bodies around the world to accelerate work on a new standard for biodegradability.”

To discover more on the collaboration between Polymateria and Clariant make sure to attend Polymateria’s presentation on October 18 at 11:30 am in hall 8A, booth J11.

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Notes for editors

Clariant is a focused and innovative specialty chemical company, based in Muttenz near Basel/Switzerland. On 31 December 2018 the company employed a total workforce of 17 901. In the financial year 2018, Clariant recorded sales of CHF 4.404 billion for its continuing businesses. The company reports in three business areas: Care Chemicals, Catalysis and Natural Resources. Clariant’s corporate strategy is based on five pillars: focus on innovation and R&D, add value with sustainability, reposition portfolio, intensify growth, and increase profitability.


Polymateria is a British business developing a new standard in biodegradable and compostable plastics with a stated mission “to advance science to help nature deal with plastic pollution”.

Founded 4 years ago by Jonathan Sieff and Lee Davy-Martin who brought together a diverse scientific team to scrutinise why previous efforts to biodegrade plastic had been ineffective. This team, led by Dr. Christopher Wallis, is comprised of biologists, polymer scientists and chemists and has been assessing for the last few years how to “work back from nature” to create a new technology called Biotransformation.

Polymateria hired Niall Dunne as CEO in January last year and started to commercialise in May 2018 by partnering with some of the biggest brands, converters and distributors in the world.

Biotransformation is setting a new standard in biodegradation by both chemically transforming the polymer and engaging all the natural agents of decay to achieve full biodegradation of the plastic packaging should it be littered in the natural environment, avoiding microplastic, with no impact on recycling, product performance or supply chain processes.

Polymateria’s laboratories are based at Imperial College London’s White City Campus in the Imperial Incubator, which provides office, laboratory space and support for a range of materials science or deep tech businesses.

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