October 14, 2013

DSM increases bioplastic activities

Major chemical firms BASF and DSM seem to be significantly increasing their presence in the bioplastic arena especially this year. DSM and Genomatica last week announced that it has tested and approved the use of Genomatica's bio-based 1,4 butanediol (BDO) in its Arnitel® TPC (ThermoPlastic Copolyester).

Arnitel is a high-performance engineering plastic with flexibility, high temperature resistance, strength and excellent processing characteristics. Industry applications automotive/transportation, packaging, furniture, consumer goods/sports, and electrical and electronics materials.

The first two products under the Arnitel line that will use Genomatica's bio-BDO are Arnitel Eco and Arnitel VT:
  • Arnitel Eco already has a bio-based content of 22-53% (made with rapeseed oil) depending on the hardness. The introduction of BDO made with Genomatica's process will increase the bio-based content up to 73%. Arnitel Eco is being used for food packaging films and for a number of soft touch applications in consumer electronics.
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