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Bioplastics Added to RTP Range

11 September 2009

In response to customer’s requests for ‘green’ materials, RTP has introduced a line of engineered bioplastic specialty compounds that utilize resins derived from renewable resources.

Initial bioplastic compounds based on polyamide, polyester, and polylactic acid (PLA) are available in grades providing conductive, flame retardant, structural, and wear resistant value-added properties.

RTP say that these new bioplastic compounds contain between 20 - 80% bio-content by weight

""Bioplastic compounds, utilising components derived from rapidly renewable resources instead of petroleum, are the latest element of an RTP Company initiative to develop greener products to meet diverse industry requirements,"" said Andy Lamberson, Corporate Development Manager at RTP Company.

""The use of bioplastic compounds lessens dependence on non-renewable resources, they also have a lower carbon footprint, their manufacture emits less carbon dioxide and requires less energy, making them more environmentally-favourable than traditional plastics.""

RTP are able to offer a range of bioplastic compounds with various properties for a variety of applications.

Bioplastic polyamide and polyester-based compounds are available with glass fibre reinforcement, antistatic protection, halogen-free flame retardant, and PTFE lubrication. Polylactic acid (PLA) grades are combined with PC, PMMA, or ABS in hybrid formulations that increase mechanical performance and offer antistatic, flame retardant, and structural properties. A 32% bio-content PLA/PC alloy has a notched IZOD impact strength of 15 ft-lbs/in (800 J/m), and a 40% bio-content PLA/PMMA alloy is optically clear. All current bioplastic grades are fully colourable to standard and custom matched colours.

""Bioplastic compounds join RTP Company's other materials, such as halogen-free flame retardant and recycled post-consumer content grades, which help processors and OEMs meet their goals and consumer demands for manufacturing more environmentally-conscious products,"" said Lamberson.





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