Senbis has worked out a way to make a much stronger material
The Province of Drenthe is so encouraged by the new material that is has put forward almost 200,000 euros of subsidy funding into the project. Senbis, a privately-owned chemical polymer company based in Emmen, grew out of the multinational conglomerate AkzoNobel.
The company will receive 50,000 euros from the province of Drenthe and 180,000 euros in European Union funding, which will be distributed via the North Netherlands Partnership, reports RTV Drenthe.
Senbis has around 40 years of experience with innovative polymers, and now specialised in products in which bioplastics are used. Director Gerard Nijhoving says: wWe now notice that we are running into limits, because the current bioplastics are often not strong enough. If we succeed in developing such a type of bioplastic, it is revolutionary.”
According to the province, the subsidy contributes to employment in the green economy, and a general movement towards a more environment-oriented economy.
According to Provincial Executive Henk Brink (VVD), the new economic system will have an important role for Emmen-based chemical companies. “It is a cluster with many innovative companies. Particularly in the field of bioplastics and circularity of plastics, beautiful developments are taking place, in which various Drenthe companies are involved,” says Brink.
Senbis made previously degradable artificial grass granules. That world first was put into use last year on the fields of SC Erica.
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