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Advanced Engineering 2018

Laurel Biocomposite Earns USDA Certified Biobased Label for Three Products

01 January 0001

Laurel BioComposite has earned the USDA Certified Biobased Product Label for its Bio-Res PLA with 97 percent biobased content; Bio-Res PE with 62 percent biobased content and Bio-Res powder with 100 percent biobased content.

The company says it first introduced the biomaterial in 2011 as a cost-effective, green replacement with improved performance properties for traditional petroleum-based resins in a variety of plastics manufacturing processes. The addition of Bio-Res powder to the USDA BioPreferred program expands the company’s product line-up and range of uses.

According to Laurel BioComposites, the plastics industry is the third largest manufacturing industry in the US Recent reports reveal that reverse engineering – a technique for reconstructing and improving parts – will be a major trend for the industry. The practice is being applied on a large scale and gaining traction with suppliers interested in targeting more cost-effective, higher performing solutions. Laurel BioComposite’s biomaterials offer a robust option without sacrificing required physical properties. Bio-Res powder for example, replaces calcium carbonate in sheet-moulded or bulk-moulded thermoset composites while reducing part weight by up to 25 percent. Bio-Res formulas are especially suited to automotive and truck panel applications.

It says Bio-Res PLA products can be injection moulded or extruded, are cost competitive and environmentally friendly. Easy to mix with bio-resins, agriculture, lawn and garden markets are adopting the products for a range of uses. Independent assessment and reporting results on the biocontent, renewability and sustainability of Bio-Res PLA, Bio-Res PE and Bio-Res powder through the USDA BioPreferred program ensures the accuracy of these products’ biobased content. The newly certified products also are part of the Federal procurement preference program and may help achieve Materials & Resource Credits 6 (MR-6) as well as additional credit categories related to LEED certification.

Laurel BioComposites explains that, last year, it completed Phase II enhancements to its 20,000-square-foot manufacturing facility. In addition to a second production line, the company added a lab extruder line, small injection molding machine ad testing equipment for physical properties and quality assurance for verifying impact, tensile and flexural strengths and melt flows.

The USDA BioPreferred program was created by the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (2002 Farm Bill), and expanded by the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (2008 Farm Bill). The purpose is to increase the purchase and use of biobased products. The United States Department of Agriculture manages the program. Products that meet the USDA BioPreferred program requirements carry a distinctive label for easier identification by the consumer.

 






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