5th International Congress on Bio-based Plastics and Composites Nominate for Innovation Award

28 February 2012

Thejury of sponsors (Coperion), experts and partners of the International Congress on bio-based Plastics and Compositeshave nominated from among the many applications the six bio-based materials as "Biomaterial of the year 2012".

According to the Congress, on the firstday of the Congress (March 14th, Maternushaus in Cologne), the nominees will be presented to the participants and for election. The winners will be announced on the same evening, the ceremony will be held before the evening event.

The following arebrief profiles of the six nominated biomaterials:

  •    Södra (Sweden).

Biomaterial: DuraPulp, PLA and cellulose.

Bio-based Product: Lamp w101.

DuraPulp is a new biodegradable, renewable composite made from cellulose and a renewable corn-based biopolymer, PLA (polylactic acid).

The new product is a biodegradable DuraPulp lamp, known as the w101. It was developed for the Swedish lighting company Wästberg and was designed in close collaboration with CKR.

  •    NAPORO (Germany).

Biomaterial: NAPOROprepreg made from Typha.

Bio-based product: Fibre Mouldings.

The company Naporo uses bulrush to make fibre mouldings of a low density for several applications. The binding process works through the NAPORO NATglue-Technology: Waxes and oils of the marsh plant are being activated as binding agent.

  •    Resopal (Germany).

Biomaterial: recycled paper with bagasse.

Bio-based product: RE-Y-Stone.

Recycled paper from core and surface are bound with a natural resin from residues of sugar production (bagasse) for „RE-Y-STONE“. After curing the bioresin has thermoplastic properties and together with the papers forms a hard, mechanically highly loadable, dimensionally stable sheet with a robust surface.

Biomaterial: Naturegran PV 6930, modifizied PLA.

  •    Martin Fuchs Spielwaren - Livemold - Linotech (Germany).

Bio-based product: children’s toys "spielstabil bioline".

The newly developed PLA Compound Naturegran PV 6930, which stems to 68% from renewable resources, serves as a basis for the new toy series from the company Martin Fuchs Spielwaren. The toys have a very high material strength at high impact strength.

  •    H. Hiendl (Germany).

Biomaterial: Hiendl NFC, WPC with 70% wood fibres and 30% PP.

Bio-based product: Carrying system Choices.

The carrying system Choices is made of Hiendl NFC, a natural fibre composite coming from proprietary research and development. In comparison to wood, the material convinces through its mouldability. As a carrying system Choices unites the horizontal and vertical use of the system with advantages in the sense of room architecture, merchandising and sustainability.

  •    Malama Composites (USA).

Biomaterial: Hemp fibre, bio-based foam and resin (soy and castor oil).

Bio-based product: Chair.

Nomad Mobili has launched a line of furniture that blurs the lines between outdoor and indoor living. Each piece is hand shaped from Malama's bio-based foams, then surfaced in hemp cloth and bio-based Entropy resin (epoxy resin). The final topcoat utilizes Audi's water-based paints, which are low VOC, high performance materials.

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