Michem Coat 525, one of Michelman's Biodegradable Products Institute's (BPI)-certified compostable coatings, has been recognized with the Silver Award for Innovative Packaging Materials at China's 2021 Packcon Star Awards.
Michelman stood out from more than 20 companies after a comprehensive evaluation by event attendees and industry judges, which included Guangzhou Procter & Gamble Technology Innovation, HP China, Shunqihe (Shenzhen) Technology, Department of Printing and Packaging of Wuhan University, RRD Asia, Dongguan City Jingli Can, Fudan Shanghai Institute of Visual Arts, Shenzhen Green SongDesign Consulting Co, Wuhan Pufan Design and other end-user representatives.
During the evaluation, the coating was highly rated, scoring high marks for being PFAS-free, repulpable, and compostable. Michem Coat 525 also provides oil and grease performance in molding pulp and other fiber-based food service applications.
The Indian Flexible Packaging and Folding Carton Association (IFCA) has recently also awarded Michelman India an IFCA Star Award for HydraBan 8000, a PFAS-free water-resistant paper coating. It was proven to biodegrade in an industrial compost environment and passed biodegradation and ecotoxicity testing to receive certification.
Both coatings can be used in quantities typical for the applications it is designed for with minimal limitations. Additionally, HydraBan 8000 is FDA-approved for direct food contact and, like Michem Coat 525, is ideal for fiber-based food-service packaging applications.
Michelman's portfolio of BPI-certified products includes Michem Coat 2000, a functional coating that provides oil and grease performance with additional coatings currently being tested. The portfolio of compostable coatings is presently available only in North America, with global development underway.