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6th June 2018, Tampere

2018 Bio-Based Material Award for Arctic

Arctic Biomaterials, based in Tampere, Finland, claimed the Bio-Based Material of the Year 2018 Award at the recent 11th International Conference on Bio-Based Materials held in Cologne, Germany.

The company has developed PLA composites reinforced with glass fibre that can erode back to harmless minerals in a composting environment.

The company has developed PLA composites reinforced with glass fibre that can erode back to harmless minerals in a composting environment. © Arctic Biomaterials

The materials are produced on the company’s long-fibre-reinforced-thermoplastic (LFRT) line. This proprietary degradable long glass fibre compounding technology increases the PLA temperature resistance and mechanical properties to new levels and opens a variety of possible application areas in the field where technical plastics are being used. Heat deflection temperature of up to 160°C can be reached.

In second place was Belgium’s Cardolite Corporation of Belgium for its cashew nutshell residual-based blocking agent. NX-2026 is an ultra-high purity 3-pentadeca-dienyl-phenol recently developed through an advanced proprietary process y. The 3-pentadeca-dienyl-phenol is the main component distilled from cashew nutshell liquid, a renewable and non-edible resin extracted from the honeycomb structure of the nut.

The awards ceremony. © Arctic Biomaterials

NX-2026 has been successfully introduced to the coating and adhesive market as a non-toxic isocyanate (NCO) blocking agent that is a suitable replacement for petrochemical phenols. NCO systems blocked with NX-2026 provide lower viscosity and deblocking temperature than equivalent systems blocked with phenols. Moreover, NX-2026 blocked NCO prepolymers can be used in 2K epoxy systems to improve bond and T-peel strengths while maintaining good cure properties.

Aimplas of Spain received third place for bio-based and biodegradable nets for green beans packaging. A compound has been developed through reactive extrusion and the combination of different biodegradable materials and additives. Chemical modification was made by grafting low molecular weight units, such as oleic alcohol, obtained by the fermentation of sugars extracted from vegetable waste (watermelon).

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