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REINFORCEMENTS | NATURAL FIBRES


Right: Performance BioFilaments’ natural fibre reinforced PA compounds are suitable for injection moulding applications and readily recyclable


effective options. For this reason, several automotive companies and their suppli- ers have trialled Woodforce and are now looking for larger trial samples for product testing.” In South Africa, meanwhile,


Sappi (the now-global company that began as South African Pulp and Paper Industries) recently announced that its Symbio bio-composite cellulose fibre, which is derived from responsibly managed renewable forests, has been chosen as feedstock for the development of lightweight bio-composite materials within the Life Biobcompo project. This project aims to reduce vehicle CO2


components), Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and Sòphia High Tech Group, all of which are based in Italy. The biocomposite materials are required to have good thermo-mechanical properties, a high aesthetic value and good dimensional stability. Sappi says the experience acquired by SAPA on the development of low-den- sity bio-composites for automotive applications in


a previous R&D project, together


with its cooperation with Sappi, have been fundamental in achieving the previously listed requirements.


emissions by 8% through replacement


of mineral fillers with bio-based fibres. A key aim is to highlight the potential use of more sustainable resources and to demonstrate these technologies at an industrial scale. The project partners include the SAPA Group (a producer of injection moulded automotive


Flowable lignin At US-based Attis Innovations, which is located at Milton in Georgia, Product Development VP Bob Montgomery says the company’s primary product for the plastics space is a “unique melt-flowable lignin; a bio-additive that brings unparalleled cost savings and performance to common resin systems.” Attis uses a proprietary extraction process that is


STRUKTOL® Innovative Additives are designed to help you enhance wire and cable compound processing. BENEFITS:


 Improved Processing  Reduced Viscosity  Improved Surface  Increased Throughput


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Struktol Company of America, LLC Stow, Ohio | USA


 Call us at 330.928.5188


email us at plastics@struktol.com or visit us at www.struktol.com


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