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Bioplastics enter the consumer electronics market

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The launching application is the world’s first bioplastic touch screen computer, developed in cooperation with Kuender, an OEM/ODM for many brand customers.

The high gloss housing of this computer is made from high heat PLA. Heat resistance is one of the key challenges for biopolymers today, as this has limited their suitability for consumer electronics in the past. However, lactide monomers from Corbion Purac form the basis for improved performance PLA, and are therefore the preferred choice for Supla.
In addition to increased heat resistance, the PLA blends used for the monitor screens also bring improved impact resistance, excellent high gloss finish and stable, precise processing. This is of critical importance for the large scale consumer electronics market, which also includes applications such as mobile phones, laptops, games consoles and tablets.

Kuender, a leading Taiwanese OEM/ODM of consumer electronics for many brand customers, recognized the opportunity to be among the first to bring such an innovation to market. Kuender has been working closely with Supla to ensure that the blends are suitable for commercial production of consumer electronics housings, and are looking forward to bringing the world’s first bioplastic computer to market.

In addition to the PLA blends, the company has developed techniques for the injection process, so it can provide a total solution for making green products.
Corbion Purac’s lactide monomers are sourced from GMO free, renewable feedstocks such as sugarcane, and form the basis for high performance Poly Lactic Acid bioplastics (PLA). The resulting homopolymers have already proven to withstand boiling water, and can now boast performance characteristics to rival their oil-based counterparts. As a result, PLA can replace oil-based plastics such as PP, PS and ABS, and alleviate our dependency on fossil fuels.

Visit Corbion at www.corbion.com

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