Interesting new bioplastic compounds are emerging from a German company that is now gearing up operations in Texas.
FKuR, which has sold biocompounds mostly in Europe since 2003, considers itself a leader in the development of tailor-made compounds based on feedstocks such as wood and corn. Special additives have been developed with the Fraunhofer Institute to improve the processability of bioplastics, particularly on extruders.
FKuR Kunststoff GmbH produces and markets tailor-made biopolymer specialties on the basis of polylactic acid/copolyester (Bio-Flex), cellulose ester (Biograde) and wood-plastic-compound (Fibrolon). One product developed by the company is a writing utensil from Ritter-Pen that is 80 percent made from the renewable and compostable Biograde.
Interesting. But it still begs the question how does someone dispose of a ballpoint pen in an industrial composting facility in the United States? Is it greenwash or really an environmental improvement?
The grab bag of plastic and rubber materials featured in this new product slideshow are aimed at lighting applications or automotive uses. The rest are for a wide variety of industries, including aerospace, oil & gas, RF and radar, automotive, building materials, and more.
Many of the new adhesives we're featuring in this slideshow are for use in automotive and other transportation applications. The rest of these new products are for a wide variety of applications including aviation, aerospace, electrical motors, electronics, industrial, and semiconductors.
A Columbia University team working on molecular-scale nano-robots with moving parts has run into wear-and-tear issues. They've become the first team to observe in detail and quantify this process, and are devising coping strategies by observing how living cells prevent aging.
Many of the new materials on display at MD&M West were developed to be strong, tough replacements for metal parts in different kinds of medical equipment: IV poles, connectors for medical devices, medical device trays, and torque-applying instruments for orthopedic surgery. Others are made for close contact with patients.
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