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Tennis racket with flax hits mass market
In May, D?cathlon Artengo of France will launch the first composite tennis racket containing flax fibre worldwide.
NatureWorks opens new applications lab
NatureWorks has invested US$1 million and 18 months of staff time to transform its former pilot plant in Savage, Minnesota into an Ingeo bioresin applications lab capable of commercial grade compounding, sheet extrusion, thermoforming, injection moulding and fibre spinning.
Bio-renewable chemicals market to skyrocket
The value market for bio-renewable chemicals will more than triple to US$5.01 billion by 2015 from the current US$1.63 billion due to a predicted improvement in renewable feedstock yields and as the price of non-renewables continues to climb.
Bioplastic bone replacement
Bioplastic resin is being employed in the new ?Bio-Bones? bone replacement prosthetics promoted by US company Absorbent Specialty Products.
Biodegradable composites developed
The first generation of high performance composite materials made from completely biodegradable natural fibre reinforced plastics has been produced by a UK-based consortium.
PLA and bamboo products introduced
Netherlands-based Transmare Compounding has launched a new range of products reinforced with fibres from 100% renewable raw materials derived from corn-starch and bamboo starting materials.
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