Laurel Biocomposite Makes Major Equipment Purchase

13 March 2012

Laurel BioComposite has purchased an ENTEK E-Max 53mm twin screw extruder as the next step in its multi-tiered strategy to provide injection moulders with its new patent-pending Bio-Res.  

According to Laurel, the production-size extruder (300 hp, 1200 rpm) joins a 25 mm unit in the advanced materials manufacturer’s Minnesota-based pilot plant and offers the capability to produce 1000 pounds of Bio-Res per hour.  They say the machine’s higher production rate supports 8,000,000 lbs annually, 1/6 the projected full-scale (48,000,000 lbs) plant capacity.

“Customers want to know that Laurel BioComposite has substantial production capacity available,” says Tim Bearnes, President of the Board for Laurel BioComposite. “The addition of the new extruder will allow us to make test articles for customers before the master batch plant is completed.”  Laurel say the extruder enables Bio-Res to cost-effectively raise the renewable or “green” content of plastic products by as much as 40 percent.  The new bio-material is available in a pellet form which blends easily with polyethylene, polypropylene, polylactic acid and PHA matrices.

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