Welcome to Plastribution: Experts in Thermoplastics

Welcome to Plastribution. The UK’s leading distributor of thermoplastic raw materials. Plastribution’s core business is the distribution of thermoplastic pellets for injection moulding, extrusion and blow moulding industries.Sourced globally from a range of major petrochemical producers, we supply polyolefins, styrenics, engineering polymers, specialities, masterbatches and custom compounds for a variety of industries and markets, including: packaging, […]

Nylon 66 (PA66)

General Description PA 66 is generally used in the automotive and engineering industry where the applications include food contact parts and screw machined electrical insulators. Often glass filled grades are used. Some glass-fibre-filled polyamide 66s have been developed for operation in air at temperatures of up to 200-210 °C. These PA66’s provides much better performance […]

Ethylene Vinyl Acetate (EVA)

General Description EVA is the copolymer of ethylene and vinyl acetate and is an elastomeric polymer that produces materials which are ‘rubber like’ in softness and flexibility. The weight percent of vinyl acetate usually varies from 10 to 40%, with the remainder being ethylene. EVA is used in different applications such as craft-foam sheets, padding […]

Styrene Butadiene Block Copolymer (BDS)

General Description BDS is an amorphous clear material that is more flexible than most other clear materials. K-resin is an example of BDS and is used in food packaging, labelling and twist films, shrink film and flooring systems. Pre-Production BDS will absorb 0.08% water in 24 hours at room temperature. This means that drying is […]

Acrylate Styrene Acrylonitrile (ASA)

General Description An amorphous thermoplastic developed as an alternative to ABS, but with improved weather resistance, and widely used in the automotive and building industry. Pre-Production ASA is mildly hygroscopic, so drying may be necessary before processing. It is best to dry all ASA for 2-4 hours at 80ºC-85ºC. When using hopper driers, the temperatures […]

A catch-up with Novamont’s Duncan Scott

Duncan Scott, UK Sales Manager for Novamont, a leading European producer of bio-polymers, talks to Ian Chisnall about what is required to use these materials and their ideal applications.


Goter Thermoplastic Compound SpA was set up in Abruzzo and produces TR rubber for footwear. Thanks to the high quality of the products offered, the skills of their technicians and the promptness in responding to customer needs, they are one of the world’s leading companies in the production of compounds for footwear. In recent years […]


Description Queo plastomers are a range of low-density ethylene copolymers made possible by combining metallocene catalyst technology with the Borceed™ solution polymerisation process. The comonomer used by Borealis plastomers is octene. As the name implies, plastomers bridge the gap between plastics and elastomers. They exhibit many of the physical properties of a rubber and combine […]

Barrel Blitz Universal

Description Barrel Blitz Universal (BBU) is a mechanical purging compound that provides a deep-clean of the screw and barrel in order to get the machine back to its original condition. Whether Injection or Extrusion, Barrel Blitz Universal will not just perform the colour change or material change but will return the screw back to mint […]

The Plastic Packaging Tax – Coming April 2022

Are you and your business ready for the UK Packaging Tax?

The plastics packing tax is due to come into force in April 2022 and will be a tax of £200 per ton on all plastic packaging that does not contain at least 30% recycled content. Ian and Joe explore this topic further in the first of many Plastribution Podcasts.

Price Know-How Snippets Feb 22

Introducing Know-How Snippets – the new video content platform from Plastribution. Bite-sized market & polymer pricing content for buyers on the go!

Scientific breakthrough proves innovative plastic film transforms into harmless wax when exposed to nature

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1629729549151{margin-bottom: 0px !important;}”]Imperial College London-based Polymateria has added to its growing list of peer-reviewed publications with new research proving that plastic film containing its innovative new Biotransformation technology transforms into a harmless wax when exposed to mother nature. By contrast, a conventional plastic tested to the same method simply fragmented into microplastic. This latest […]

Price know-how May 21

Polymer prices continue to skyrocket as demand continues to outstrip supply. As outlined in all three sector graphs that appear in this publication, the rate of price increase for polyolefins, styrenic polymers and engineering polymers is significantly greater than for their respective raw material and energy cost inputs.

Price know-how April 21

For many in the industry the current state of affairs can only be described as shocking. Whilst feedstock cost is one of the key drivers of this exceptional situation, the lack of shipping containers, shipping delays and the high costs associated with shipping are all adding to the upward price spiral.

McDonald’s Serving up Sustainable Trays with UBQ™

Arcos Dorados, the largest independent McDonald’s franchise in the world which operates restaurants in Latin America and the Caribbean, advances in its commitment to drive a positive impact on the environment, announcing the substitution of the plastic trays used by clients in its outlets with a more sustainable version. The measure is part of a […]

Price know-how March 21

Tight supply situation propels prices forward at an incredible rate. What began in December has skyrocketed through into March, leaving many converters amazed by yet another round of hefty price increases with the clear expectation of more to come.

RamClean®- Purging Agents That Get The Job Done!

Supplied by Polyram Plastic Industries Ltd. RamClean® smart purging agents help reduce downtime and minimise scrap rate thanks to superior purging efficiency. Being compatible with almost any processing technology, Ramclean® is non-corrosive, non-abrasive and non-toxic, designed to effectively purge almost any thermoplastic material.

Review 2020 Outlook 2021

Alongside our monthly Price Know-how publication, at the beginning of every year we provide an assessment of what has happened over the past year and what may happen in the year ahead, particularly in terms of the outlook for polymer prices. Due to the wide ranging scope of the content and broad appeal, Outlook & Review is also published in BP&R’s first edition of the year, to take advantage of industry circulation opportunities.

Radilon® Mixloy, a new range of PA blends

To maximize polymer performance in final products by mixing polymers with different properties was the goal of RadiciGroup High Performance Polymers. The result is its new specialty range of products with the brand name Radilon® Mixloy. The matrix material for these new innovative products is polyamide, the flagship product of RadiciGroup, the only industrial group in Europe today capable of controlling its entire production process, from polymer chemicals to engineering polymers, including end-of-life recycling. Totally vertically integrated production allows the Group to realize customer-tailored formulations and develop innovative projects.

Stretching out: Plastribution launches new elastomers business

When the recent pandemic hit and turned business-as-usual upside down, thermoplastics distributor, Plastribution, used the time to work on a long-held plan to ‘stretch’ its portfolio – adding a complementary business in speciality elastomers. In the following article, BP&R finds out more about Elastribution, its aims and ambitions.

Total Petrochemicals – Tackling plastics end of life

Total’s ambition for their polymers business is to be selling 30% recycled polymers by 2030, equating to 1 million tons per year in 2030. However, one of the big challenges facing recycling of plastic waste is being able to match low quality feedstock from complex waste streams to high performance applications.

Radici Group – Materials for Water Management

When the polymer industry talks about finite resources it usually refers to oil and gas which are the key components in polymer production. However, there is one resource that the polymer industry and all of us should be talking about more… water.

Premix PRE-ELEC® Compounds – A solution to eliminate static electricity

What we experience as an unpleasant electrostatic shock in our everyday life, can cause complications or even dangerous situations in many industries.

Electrostatic shocks, also known as uncontrolled electrostatic discharges (ESD), are created when a charged object, in many occasions plastics, are in contact with other material. The easiest way to prevent the creation of static electricity is to replace the insulating plastic with the conductive one.

Celebrating 40 years of polymer supply excellence

For more than four decades Plastribution’s vision, ‘to be the UK’s preferred supplier of plastic raw materials’, has been consistent. We’ve has been able to manage expectations by maintaining a clear focus, implementing plans, recognising existing strengths and reinforcing them.

An interview with Dr Rotem Shemesh – Innovation & Sustainability

Dr Rotem Shemesh, R&D and Customer Service Manager at Carmel Olefins,
recently spent the day at the Plastribution offices providing technical training
to our sales teams.  While she was here, Commercial Director Katherine White,
took the opportunity to learn more about Rotem and her current activities at
Carmel Olefins.

Sterling & the impact on polymer pricing

There are numerous headlines in the newspapers at the moment around the misery the weak pound is causing for those holidaying abroad. The ‘hard Brexit’ rhetoric since Boris Johnson became Prime Minister has caused the pound to fall by 1.9% against the Euro and 2.4% against the Dollar since the day before he became PM. The Pound has now slipped to below 1.09 against the Euro, its lowest level for 2 years.

Tracer Technology – Kafrit’s answer to the counterfeit market

Counterfeit goods currently account for an estimated 7% of global trade, yet despite an increase in corporate and government spending to tackle the issue, their production and access to market is still a major headache for legitimate brands across around the world.

Life of an apprentice – Maya’s story

11 month’s ago, one of our latest recruits on the apprenticeship scheme – Maya, joined our team. Maya has kindly written a blog piece to share some of her experiences so far regarding her life at Plastribution.