19 Sep 2017
Major investment sees partner expand operations at Loughborough University Science and Enterprise Park
Interface Polymers, based at the University’s Science and Enterprise Park (LUSEP) has secured a £2m investment round led by private capital investment group 24Haymarket to advance its unique Polarfin® copolymer additive technology.
The technology modifies the surface properties of the world’s most commonly used plastics enabling adhesion between otherwise incompatible materials.
Interface Polymers span out of polymer synthesis research at the University of Warwick – where its laboratory operations are based – in 2016. Office headquarters have since been established at Loughborough University Science and Enterprise Park, to capitalise on the University’s polymer processing expertise.
With strong interest from overseas customers in the packaging, construction and recycling sectors, the nascent business is initially focusing on its range of polyethylene-based additives for use in combination with polar polymers.
Examples of end-use applications under development include the elimination of tie-layers in multi-layer packaging, improving paint adhesion and enabling the recycling of mixed plastic waste.
Commenting on the investment, Phil Smith Chief Executive Officer at Interface Polymers said: “We are delighted to have 24Haymarket and their investors on board. We have a fast-growing queue of customers waiting to trial our Polarfin® additives so this funding will enable us to scale up production and further develop our value propositions across a diverse range of exciting applications.”
He added: “Co-location at the University of Warwick and Loughborough University Science and Enterprise Park gives us access to some of the world-class expertise, skills and facilities that we need to realise our plan of becoming leaders in the Polyolefin additives market.”
Jean-Lou Rihon at 24Haymarket said: “This is a first-class management team that we are backing, with in-depth knowledge and outstanding track records in chemicals and other relevant sectors. With the help of the non-executive directors, the business should advance relatively quickly into becoming a provider of high-performance additives to targeted industries.”