11 September 2012
11 September 2012
LignoTech Developments has developed a breakthrough in thermoset resin additives.
LignoTech Developments manufactures a bio-based extender for thermoset resins and is located in New Zealand. It explains that the patented technology has been developed to thermally and chemically treat bio-waste streams such as corn waste from ethanol plants to use as a thermoset resin additive. According to Russell Fisher, North American Technical Specialist, “The bio-based extender will offer composite companies a competitive advantage by changing to a green renewable solution that can lower costs”.
In addition, LignoTech says its material has a lower specific gravity which is a key competitive advantage by reducing weight. It explains that independent testing in the US has indicated that LignoTech material can replace a portion of the composite materials now used in thermoset matrices. BMC, SMC and Pultrusion have been successfully tested.
According to LignoTech, current production is from a pilot plant in New Zealand where the technology has been developed and patented since 2005. Garry Haskett, CEO of LignoTech, explains “Now that the technical attributes are being recognised by US companies and demand for commercial trials and initial commercial product is growing, plans are underway to establish a US production and development base.” Key to this will be the construction of a manufacturing facility in the US, and the appointment of sales and marketing staff to augment the existing technical team.
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