14 April 2008

Fujitsu Presents Laptop with 30% Bioplastics

Wood and Bioplastics for Laptop Housings

holzpc.jpgUnder the theme of sustainable design, Fujitsu will use the “Japan Design 2008 – Innovation” Expo in Milano to showcase its “WoodShell” concept PC with a wood-based housing, along with the FMV-BIBLO NX95Y/D, a notebook on sale in Japan which uses bio-based plastic materials for part of its housing.

Sponsored by the Japan Industrial Design Promotion Organization (JIDPO), the “Japan Design 2008 – Innovation” Expo is being held as part of the Milan Salone (Salone Internazionale del Mobile), the world’s largest interior design trade show. It will showcase cars, appliances, electronics, housewares and other products from 15 leading Japanese manufacturers. Exhibitors will be bringing their latest prototypes, using the Milan venue as an opportunity to exhibit before a global audience.

WoodShell concept design
The WoodShell adopts natural materials (forest-thinned cedar) and bio-based plastics for its housing and parts. The prototype PC that is not merely an environmentally friendly tool but an object of enduring style and utility.

20080411-01c.jpg30% bio-based plastics in notebook computer
Amid growing concern over environmental problems, bio-based plastics have attracted considerable attention as an environmentally friendly material which lowers the burden on the environment by using less petrochemical-based materials to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. In 2002, Fujitsu became the first computer manufacturer to develop corn-based plastic and adopt the environmentally friendly material for PC parts.

Though the original bio-based plastic was used for a limited number of smaller parts, Fujitsu has made gradual improvements to its properties to satisfy various manufacturing requirements and increase the percentage used in its notebook PCs. The newly developed bio-based plastic accounts for about 30% of the plastic material in the housing of the FMV-BIBLO NX95Y/D.

Since 2005, Fujitsu has actively exhibited its concept designs for PCs, mobile phones, and other products at international expositions.

(Cf. news of 2008-02-12, 2006-12-08 and 2006-05-16.)

Source: Fujitsu, press release, 2008-04-11.

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