New ‘Green Partnership’ established to create sustainable eyewear solutions


Italy-based API, specialized in the production of thermoplastic elastomeric compounds and bioplastics has announced that it has entered a ‘green’ partnership with Ems-Grivory, a leading Swiss manufacturer of high performance polymers and supplier of high-performance materials for various sectors, including the eyewear industry.

aThe companies will collaborate on the development of a series of eyewear solutions with a lower environmental impact, in response to the ever-growing market demand for cutting-edge, sustainable materials.
Customers are increasingly seeking to combine soft elastomeric compounds with hard substrates. Engineers from both companies will collaborate on combining adhesion modified soft-touch TPE with the harder EMS Grilamid TR or Grilamid BTR materials, while complying in full with the VDI 2019 standard for measuring the adhesive strength of TPE on rigid substrates.
API, which was acquired by global materials company Trinseo in July 2017, and Ems-Grivory will work on the development of specific bio-solutions, both on a fossil and renewable basis.
“We are excited to partner with EMS-GRIVORY as we focus our combined expertise serving a broader and greener product range,” says Giancarlo Busa, Business Unit Manager, Footwear & Sporting Goods, API.
“Our materials will satisfy social, economic and environmental benefits, without imposing performance limitations. We strongly believe in the future of innovative and sustainable solutions for eyewear.”