Thursday, April 05, 2012: 04:02:24 PM

Innovations in Bioplastics Lead to New Applications

Bioplastics specialist, FKuR Kunststoff GmbH now brings to the fore a broad range of biodegradable, biobased and natural fibre reinforced compounds. ‘During recent months we have concentrated our development work on new formulations for injection moulding and film applications’, says Patrick Zimmermann, Director Marketing & Sales, FKuR. ‘These intelligent and tailor-made compounds, made from renewable resources, enable our customers to explore new applications and markets’, he explained.

Besides their well-established product lines Bio-Flex® and Biograde®, FKuR present their new custom-made green polyethylene compounds with the brand name Terralene® which are based on Braskem’s Green PE.

In contrast to traditional polyethylene, the ethanol used for Green PE is derived from Brazilian sugarcane rather than from crude oil. Through the use of this renewable raw material, each tonne of Green PE is able to capture up to 2.5 tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere, thus helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Green PE and Terralene® are 100% compatible with conventional polyethylene having identical properties. It is also possible to recycle both materials in the same recycling stream.

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