Synbra Technology bv in Etten-Leur, The Netherlands, is specialised in the manufacture of Styrex® Expandable Polystyrene (EPS) beads, BioFoam® Expandable Polylactic acid (PLA) and PS and PLA Compounds. Synbra Technology bv is also the largest EPS recycler in Western Europe. The company was founded in 1957 and EPS polymerisation started in 1973. EPS recycling commenced in 1993. PLA polymerisation is scheduled to commence in 2011.
As part of the Synbra Group it finds most of its EPS bead customers within this Group. Our customers supply in the sector Industrial Products and Packaging Solutions such as Isobox Technologies, Synprodo Packaging, Styropack UK, Styropack Denmark, Plastimar Portugal, as well as in the sector of Sustainable Insulation Systems with companies like IsoBouw Dämmtechnik, IsoBouw Systems, Jablite and Styrolit.
Selected EPS grades are sometimes supplied to companies outside the Synbra group as well.
Customers for our PS compounds are found worldwide. GPPS, LIPS, MIPS and HIPS grades exist for usage in the manufacture of thermoforming sheet, shoe soles, picture frames, additives and CD-case injection moulding. Raw material originates primarily from captive polymerisation of Polystyrene or from the recycling of EPS waste. This recycled EPS material is used by most of our customers to reduce cost of raw material in their recipe.
Synbra Technology bv has been awarded by the Dutch rubber and plastics federation (NRK) with the prestigious gold medal for being the most innovative and sustainable Dutch enterprise in 2009. Out of more than 400 contestants Synbra Technology has won the gold medal for developing the most innovative product in the national Syntens innovation top 100 for 2010.
Synbra has received the Cradle to Cradle certification for the production of BioFoam®. This is world's first Poly-Lactic Acid (PLA) based product and world's first bio-based foamed product to receive this certification. Also the PLA itself has been awarded a C2C certification, making it worlds only PLA that has obtained this coveted recognition.
Being produced from the renewable resource PLA, BioFoam® is an addition to the current range of advanced EPS foam products offered today. BioFoam® has a different environmental profile over traditional oil based plastics. After use, the BioFoam® product can be remoulded into a new product like EPS and it has additional end of life options. It can be completely biodegraded, composted or used for feedstock for recycling. Being ‘designed for the environment' implies there is no chemical waste, which complies with the so called ‘Cradle to Cradle' principles.