The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) announced Husky Technologies is the winner of its 2023 Innovation in Bioplastics Award. The announcement came as part of PLASTICS’ eighth annual, online #BioplasticsWeek awareness and education event.
Husky won the award for their hot runner system, UltraMelt, which was engineered for the efficient and sustainable injection molding of bioresins, which are made in part or in whole from renewable biological resources and present unique challenges in injection molding. Husky said UltraMelt incorporates non-reactive surfaces and stainless-steel components to address these challenges, preserving the sensitive chemistry of bioresin materials and minimizing degradation.
Patrick Krieger, PLASTICS’ VP of sustainability, said, “This is the first time PLASTICS has awarded an equipment company and their original technology for using more bioplastics, and I congratulate Husky on this achievement. Equipment design is complex and takes significant investment. The time and resources Husky spent on this technology speaks to the importance and potential of bioplastics in the plastics industry.”
A formal presentation of the Bioplastics Innovation Award will be made on the Sustainability Stage at NPE2024: The Plastics Show, which will take place from May 6-10, 2024, in Orlando, Fla.