Prison plastic: a very unique trial

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Last week, Trifilon's Jeremiah Dutton visited one of Sweden’s largest penitentiaries in Kumla (which has a supermax) to speak with Tobias Hindorf, the production coordinator there who manages an injection molding operation where inmates work. Not many people know that inmates at Kumla produce a lot of their everyday items, from beds to spatulas, right inside the prison. They also make a few items for dogs including toys that they produce for a local brand. Tobias told us they currently use a biocomposite material made from wood chips, but that it didn’t perform so well in certain products he wants to branch into, like clothes hangers. Trifilon to the rescue. “We were very happy about the results. It’s got a nice soft touch,” said Tobias.