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Biodegradable Plastics

Overview Industry Overview:

With increasing attention being paid to environmental-consciousness, the market for “green” products is growing rapidly. From this movement has sprung biodegradable plastics, an eco-friendlier alternative to traditional plastics, with far less impact on the environment. Whether bioplastics made from organic products rather than petroleum, or traditional plastics formulated with additives that promote degradation, when properly disposed of, these products have drastically shorter “lifespans” after being discarded.

The battle has not yet concluded, though. The search is on for additional solutions that can be made from renewable raw materials, as well as those which will enable the breakdown of traditional plastics. Because the conditions often must be just-right for the desired biodegradation to occur, additional infrastructure is also needed to make biodegradable plastics a long-term solution to cluttered landfills.

App Common Applications:

  • Biodegradable additives
  • Polylactic acid (PLA)
  • Fermentation
  • Hydrolysis, etc.
  • Methanogenesis
  • Biodegradable – aliphatic, cellulose acetate, polyester, etc.
  • Compostabilty
  • Bacteria – Flavobacteria, Pseudomana, etc.
  • Crystallization
  • Molding – injection, blow, etc.
  • Foams

Solutions Solutions:

With almost 35 years as a top plastics industry recruitment agency, Ropella is well-versed in the challenges companies face in their search to find highly qualified professionals. As talent acquisition specialists, we excel at attracting, recruiting and building relationships with potential candidates. Our executive search consultants stay abreast of current industry trends making Ropella a knowledgeable, efficient and effective partner for recruiting top plastics talent.

A proven executive search firm, Ropella is dedicated to helping companies gain a competitive advantage by providing customized and strategic talent solutions. We leverage our industry expertise, proprietary smart search system and global network to deliver exceptional results quickly for even the most challenging searches. Successful industry leaders count on Ropella to find the right talent to drive their business forward.

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Biodegradable Plastics


The typical positions, roles and/or functions our search consultants serve include:

Sales Sales (such as; new business development, key account management, technical service, customer service, branch, district, region, national, global in scope).
Marketing Marketing (such as market research, market analyst, consumer research, public relations, social media, communications, product management).
Manufacturing Manufacturing (such as operations, production, engineering, plant design, process development, pilot plant, scale up).
R & D Research & Development (such as exploratory research, discovery research, synthesis, analytical, applications development, new product development, formulations, compounding, quality control, environmental, regulatory, health and safety).
Administration and Finance Administration (such as procurement, supply chain, logistics, human resources).
Executive Level Management Business Management (such as general management, executive, manager, director, vice president, c-suite and board member, commercial development, merger, acquisition, joint venture).
Investment Experts Venture Capital / Private Equity (such as administration and finance, commercial development, executive level management, human resources, mfg., marketing, r&d, sales)

Ropella’s approach, energy, professionalism and ultimately results were excellent. You and your team took time to listen carefully to my requests and to build a clear picture of my ideal candidate, both from a technical skills and experience perspective and from a character profile perspective.  This attention to detail ensured I was left with two very strong candidates at the final interview stage, both of whom would have been ideal in the role. An excellent outcome.

CEO & Owner
Thomas Swan & Co. Ltd.
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