20 May 2014
20 May 2014
The Technological Institute of Plastics (AIMPLAS) has launched NATURTRUCK, a European research project designed to develop materials from renewable sources for the automotive sector.
AIMPLAS explains that the aim of the project is to develop new materials; biodegradable plastics to be used in the manufacture of interior truck parts. The 32 month project will see the company collaborate with Total, which has been providing the European consortium with the biodegradable material (PLA from corn starch) from its division of bioplastics.
Miguel Ángel Valera, Main Researcher, commented “The injected pieces will be submitted to a thermal treatment which will improve the mechanical properties of the material, so that it may be used in demanding applications such as the interior of commercial vehicles."
Photo provided by AIMPLAS
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