Sunday, 15 December 2013

For the love of Bamboo

Bamboo reinforces sustainable compounds
Copyright © 2008 Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  • · Transmare Compounding B.V. introduced a range of new products reinforced with fibres from 100% renewable raw materials
  • · Based on polypropylene and biodegradable polylactic acid and employ bamboo fibre reinforcement
  • · ‘greener’ alternative
  • ·  Long been construction material – using fibres from core is new technology
  • · Strong, lightweight, wear resistant and low water absorption
  • · “Bamboo fibre reinforced compounds can be processed by injection moulding or extrusion in the same way as those using other reinforcements. Applications areas too are similar ranging from phone and notebook housings to furniture and automotive parts. And, they deliver the same high reinforcement properties when combined with bioplastics, such as PLA, for short lifecycle products, designed to degrade naturally at the end of their service life. Moreover, long bamboo fibres can be blended in a thermoplastic matrix to form compression mouldable mats. We have added these to our product basket and their potential is already attracting interest from the automotive industry as a next-step solution for lightweight, non-toxic interior and exterior vehicle panels”. – Robin Beishuizen
  • · Tested and trialled throughout Europe
  • · Bamboo contributes to sustainability
  • · It is a renewable, very fast growing, high volume crop and the production process to finished fibre has a very low energy requirement.
  • · CO2 generated is balanced by the CO2 take-up by new bamboo growth, making it virtually carbon neutral
Having read one journal and picked out the parts I feel are most significant, I feel a bit better about writing a literature report. Still confused though.

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