According to sales manager, Roy Burger, plastics are a valuable resource in modern society and correctly handled, can exist in a controlled recycle chain, drastically reducing the amount of waste generated. ‘MBSA’s increasing usage of PCW in masterbatch reflects a serious commitment to the growth of the recycling industry and the reduction of plastic waste,’ Roy affirms. ‘We only use good quality PCW to ensure colour stability and control, as well as the supply of a consistently high-quality product. MBSA is a South African Technical Auditing Service (SATAS) approved supplier, which means that regular audits are conducted on our manufacturing facility on behalf of our customers to satisfy the required standards. In turn, our PCW suppliers are also audited by SATAS auditors.’
MBSA also manufactures PCW desiccant, which is a necessary aid in recycling as it removes excess moisture in raw materials, enhancing the ease of processing and recyclability. ‘The use of MBSA’s PCW desiccant has aided major brand retailers in South Africa to replace their virgin polymer carrier bags with recycled polymer bags,’ says technical manager for laboratory services, Graeme Gordon.
He adds that the company has ventured into the bioplastics sphere, fulfilling the needs of customers for high-quality masterbatches produced using biodegradable polymers. ‘If managed correctly, these bioplastic products can grow to fulfil the South African market’s call for responsible, sustainable polymer solutions,’ Graeme claims.
In addition, MBSA holds an ISO 14001 accreditation for environmental management, which assists in reducing negative effects on the environment by implementing processes and adhering to relevant legislation.
The company also maintains the highest industry standards for ISO 9001; 22000 and 45001 certifications for quality, food safety, and health and safety management systems.
‘MBSA specialises in providing customised solutions to the application needs of customers while also offering a wide range of market mature products (see sidebar). This technical design capability is driven via fostering strong relationships with innovative suppliers to formulate better solutions to the evolving needs of MBSA’s customers. Tomorrow’s solutions are built on today’s innovation,’ Graeme asserts.
MBSA’s policy is to use only good quality post-consumer waste to ensure colour stability and control and the supply of a consistently high-quality recycled polymer.
Full spectrum functionality
MBSA provides the plastics industry with an efficient, reliable and cost-effective way of adding the desired colour, effects and/or performance enhancements to virgin and recycled polymer plastic products.
Its broad spectrum of functional additives – that improve the processability, performance and experience of the end product – include anti-static and anti-blocking agents, anti-fog desiccants, antimicrobial and biodegradation additives, clarifying and nucleating agents, corrosion inhibitors, fillers and extenders, flame retardants, fragrance and odour absorbers, impact modifiers and strengthening agents, laser marking, light diffusers, processing aids, slip additives and tackifiers, as well as thermal and UV light stabilisers.