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Laurel Biocomposite Introduces Patent-Pending Product

  • Tuesday, 25th October 2011
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Laurel BioComposite has introduced Bio-Res, a patent pending product for the moulding market.

According to Laurel, they developed the material to cost-effectively raise the renewable or “green” content of plastic products by as much as 40 percent. The product introduction coincides with the launch of a new pilot plant expected to begin manufacturing the material in November.  They say that laboratory tests have proven the material’s ability to act as a replacement for neat resin at a reduced cost. 

Laurel explains that Bio-Res is available in a powder or pellet form and mixes easily with polyethylene, polypropylene, polylactic acid and PHA. They say that the Bio-Res pellets are made of 60 to 80 percent bio-material and can also be blended with various resins.  The product is designed to replace traditional petroleum-based resins in a variety of manufacturing processes for plastics.

Laurel say the new material does not affect food supplies because it is made from corn-based distillers’ grain, a non-edible by-product of ethanol plants.  They say the renewable feedstock is readily available and easy to transport and store, making Bio-Res suited for large volume production.  Bio-Res sequesters carbon dioxide and does not use toxic compounds during processing.   

The pilot facility is expected to produce approximately 1 million lbs of Bio-Res the first year to support customer trials.  The trials aim to help define specific performance property improvements. Plans are underway to build a plant in 2012 capable of producing 48 million lbs of Bio-Res pellets.  Laurel say the material is especially suited for use in a range of industries including shipping, lawn and garden, agriculture and automotive applications.


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