Bioplastics Added to RTP Company's Specialty Compound Product Families

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Global custom engineered thermoplastic compounder RTP Company has introduced a comprehensive line of engineered bioplastic specialty compounds that utilize resins derived from rapidly renewable resources. Initial bioplastic compounds based on polyamide, polyester, and polylactic acid (PLA) are available in grades providing conductive, flame retardant, structural, and wear resistant value-added properties. RTP Company's bioplastic compounds contain 20 to 80% bio-content by weight and were developed to meet marketplace requests for alternative "green" materials.

Global custom engineered thermoplastic compounder RTP Company has introduced a comprehensive line of engineered bioplastic specialty compounds that utilize resins derived from rapidly renewable resources. Initial bioplastic compounds based on polyamide, polyester, and polylactic acid (PLA) are available in grades providing conductive, flame retardant, structural, and wear resistant value-added properties. RTP Company's bioplastic compounds contain 20 to 80% bio-content by weight and were developed to meet marketplace requests for alternative "green" materials.

"Bioplastic compounds, utilizing components derived from rapidly renewable resources instead of petroleum, are the latest element of an RTP Company initiative to develop greener products to meet diverse industry requirements," said Andy Lamberson, Corporate Development Manager at RTP Company. "The use of bioplastic compounds lessens dependence on non-renewable resources, they also have a lower carbon footprint, their manufacture emits less carbon dioxide and requires less energy, making them more environmentally-favorable than traditional plastics."

Initial development has resulted in over a dozen bioplastic compounds that meet a wide variety of application requirements. Research into additional formulations continues along with development of custom materials to meet specific end-use requirements. Prospective applications for bioplastic compounds include automotive interior and industrial components, semi-durable consumer goods, and housings and enclosures for electronics or business equipment.

Bioplastic polyamide- and polyester-based compounds are available with glass fiber reinforcement, antistatic protection, halogen-free flame retardant, and PTFE lubrication. Polylactic acid (PLA) grades are combined with PC, PMMA, or ABS in hybrid formulations that increase mechanical performance and offer antistatic, flame retardant, and structural properties. A 32% bio-content PLA/PC alloy has a notched IZOD impact strength of 15 ft-lbs/in (800 J/m), and a 40% bio-content PLA/PMMA alloy is optically clear. All current bioplastic grades are fully colorable to standard and custom matched colors.

"Bioplastic compounds join RTP Company's other materials, such as halogen-free flame retardant and recycled post-consumer content grades, which help processors and OEMs meet their goals and consumer demands for manufacturing more environmentally-conscious products," said Lamberson.

Initial Bioplastic Specialty Compounds From RTP Company
Additional custom formulations are available to meet specific performance criteria
Product    Description    % Bio Content
RTP 2099 X 115387 A    Polyamide - 30% Glass Fiber    43%
RTP 2099 X 115387 B    Polyamide - 30% Glass Fiber - Halogen-Free FR    31%
RTP 2099 X 115387 C    Polyamide - 30% Glass Fiber - 15% PTFE    34%
RTP 2099 X 121825 E    Polyamide - Permanently Antistatic    31%
RTP 2099 X 121216 G    PLA - Impact Modified    80%
RTP 2099 X 121235 D    PLA/PC Hybrid     32%
RTP 2099 X 121240 C    PLA/PC Hybrid - Halogen-Free FR    20%
RTP 2099 X 121241 B    PLA/PC Hybrid - Permanently Antistatic    27%
RTP 2099 X 121236 A    PLA/ABS Hybrid    40%
RTP 2099 X 115375 C    PLA/PMMA Hybrid - Transparent    40%
RTP 2099 X 115375 B    PLA/PMMA Hybrid - Impact Modified    40%
RTP 4799 X 115376 C    Polyester - 30% Glass Fiber    26%
RTP 4799 X 115376 E    Polyester - 30% Glass Fiber - Halogen-Free FR    19%
RTP 4799 X 115376 F    Polyester - 30% Glass Fiber - 15% PTFE    20%
RTP 4799 X 121826 C    Polyester - Permanently Antistatic    29%

For more information on RTP Company bioplastic and custom engineered thermoplastic compounds, call (800) 433-4787 or (507) 454-6900, or visit their website at http://www.rtpcompany.com.

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