20 August 2015

Partially bio-based PP Compound for injection molding

FKuR extends Terralene® Portfolio

Terralene® PP 2509 is a new polypropylene compound from FKuR Kunststoff GmbH, Willich, partially based on renewable resources and optimized for injection molding applications. This compound expands the current Terralene® portfolio which, to date, was limited to partially or fully bio-based polyethylene compounds. The processing and application characteristics of this material can be entirely compared to those of PP based on fossil materials. With a MFR of 230/2,16 with 42 to 47 g/10 min, Terralene® PP 2509 offers a high flowability which is necessary e. g. for the production of complex components and products with long flow paths.

Carmen Michels, Managing Director at FKuR and responsible for technology and development comments: „In the market we perceive a strong demand for bio-based solutions also in the field of polypropylene, which were not available to date. In order to fill this gap, we have developed the versatile and easy to process grade PP 2509. It combines the positive features of conventional PP with the possibility of using renewable instead of fossil resources. “

Terralene® PP 2509 is based on 35 % of renewable resources. This part (bio-based carbon content) can be easily verified with the help of the C-14 method according to ASTM D 6866 enabling a transparent communication of the renewable resource content to the end consumer. Manufacturers and brand owners now have new opportunities to produce their PP products in a partially bio-based version, occupy market niches and emphasize environmental commitment.

The series of FKuR Terralene® grades which continue to be commercially available are based on the bio-based, I´m Green™ polyethylene from Braskem and comprises of compounds for injection molding, extrusion blow molding and film extrusion. The Terralene® WF grades contain natural wood fibers which meet special requirements as to design, look, feel and mechanical characteristics.

Bioplastics:

Bioplastics are a unique class of materials which are based on renewable resources and/or enable the biodegradation of products made from these polymers.

About FKuR:

FKuR is one of the leading producers of Bioplastic-Compounds for flexible packaging solutions and technical applications. FKuR’s range of products includes the product lines Bio-Flex®, Biograde®, Fibrolon®, Terralene® as well as the distribution of a variety of bio-based products.

Source: FKuR Kunststoff GmbH, press release, 2015-07-31.

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