17th March 2017, Paris
Pictured at JEC World this week is the team of Denmark-headquartered Pond, one of the three winning companies in the JEC Group’s Start-up Booster initiative.
Pond’s world patent-pending portfolio of bioresins can directly substitute for conventional resins in many composites and have a biosourced content of over 95%.
“Our resins are suitable for most composite processing techniques with both long and short fibre reinforcements,” explained CTO and founder Martin Jensen. “This includes VaRTM, RTM, injection moulding, extrusion, airlaid and compression moulding. The interest that has been shown here at JEC World has been amazing, especially with the additional spotlight the Start-Up Booster has given us.”
Pond’s bioresin systems are mainly based on starch and have comparable performance and processing conditions to epoxy resins.
What makes them unique from other resins is their biodegradability and the fact that they are made from natural sources. When combined with natural fibres, the final product becomes 100% biodegradable when exposed to certain bacteria strains found in nature.
French company H-Prec, the developer of a patented process for achieving a surface finish directly during the fabrication of a composite part, and 3DFortify of the US, which is combining 3D printing and magnetics ro create carbon fibre composites with magneticallyaligned reinforcements, were the other two Start-Up Booster winners.