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LignoTech Developments has announced new choices in thermoset resin additives. Currently manufacturing Lignoset, a bio-based extender for thermoset resins made from dried distillery grains, the company has now announced that it is evaluating other resin fillers including soy, sugar beet and corn hulls. According to Russell Fisher, North American Technical Specialist, “This new variety of Lignoset extenders will provide composite companies several competitive choices for a green renewable solution that can lower costs”.
In addition, Lignoset material has a lower specific gravity which is a key competitive advantage by reducing weight. Independent testing in the USA indicates that Lignoset can replace a portion of the composite materials now used in thermoset matrices. BMC, SMC and Pultrusion have been successfully tested.
Current production is from a pilot plant in New Zealand where the technology has been developed and patented since 2005. According to Garry Haskett, CEO of LignoTech, manufacturer of Lignoset, “Now that the technical attributes are being recognized 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. Details will be provided as they become available.
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