Arc­tic Bio­ma­te­ri­als re­ceives In­no­va­tion Award for degrad­able glass fi­bre re­in­forced PLA

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Arc­tic Bio­ma­te­ri­als re­ceived The In­no­va­tion Award “Bio-based Ma­te­rial of the Year 2018″. The com­pe­ti­tion fo­cused on new de­vel­op­ments in the bio-based econ­omy, which have a mar­ket launch in 2018. The win­ners were elected by the par­tic­i­pants of the “11th In­ter­na­tional Con­fer­ence on Bio-based Ma­te­ri­als” in Cologne, Ger­many.

Their prod­uct was Poly­lac­tic Acid (PLA) re­in­forced with glass fi­bre that de­grade back to harm­less min­er­als in com­post­ing en­vi­ron­ment. Ar­cBioxTM BGF30-B1 is a Poly­lac­tic Acid (PLA) that is re­in­forced us­ing LFT (long fi­bre) tech­nol­ogy, with a spe­cial degrad­able glass fi­bres. This in­no­va­tion makes it pos­si­ble that bio-based plas­tics can be used in tech­ni­cally de­mand­ing durable ap­pli­ca­tions and still have the op­tion of biodegra­da­tion at the end of life. The re­in­force­ment is a glass fi­bre de­vel­oped by Arc­tic Bio­ma­te­ri­als Oy (ABM) and can also be used for sev­eral other bio-based poly­mers. This com­pos­ite ma­te­rial re­duces the car­bon foot­print and use of non-re­new­able en­ergy of a com­pos­ite prod­uct dras­ti­cally com­pared to fos­sil-based re­in­forced plas­tics. This re­in­forced PLA is com­postable and cer­ti­fied by the seedling mark from DIN CERTCO.

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