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New colour masterbatch choices from Clariant
Saturday, 30 October 2010

With the addition of a new line of masterbatches that comply with standards governing compostability and ecotoxicity, producers of products and packaging made from biopolymers have a wider range of options in colour and performance-enhancing additives.
Renol-compostable colours and Cesa-compostable additive masterbatches incorporate conventional (non-natural) additives and pigments in a biopolymer carrier resin. Testing of the ingredients, completed in the independent laboratories of OWS in Belgium determined that the materials can comply with EN 13432:200 ? the widely recognized standard for heavy-metal content and plant-toxicity.


Welcome to Ecocomposites

The increasing replacement of metals and wood with composites is intrinsically environmentally responsible.
Composites allow structures to shed weight, and as a consequence have a big role to play in reducing both the use of petrochemicals and CO2 emissions
cross a wide range of end-use industries.

However, many other developments are taking place in the composites industry. They involve, for example, the development of natural and bio-based fibres and resins, along with cleaner and more efficient processes.
You?ll find all the news of this drive towards a greener tomorrow right here.

Adrian Wilson, editor

The El Capitan resonates with flax

Monday, 12 October 2015

article thumbnailSan Fransisco-based Blackbird Guitars first launched a ukelele based on Ekoa flax-based composites in 2013 and is now producing a full sized guitar, the El Capitan, based on them.  “With the El...

Flax focus at Jaguar LandRover

Friday, 09 October 2015

article thumbnailOver the past 14 years, CO2 emissions in Jaguar LandRover (JLR) vehicles have fallen by an average of 40% as a result of the introduction of aluminium replacing steel parts, but at the same time, the...


GM prepares for carbon composites integration

Monday, 07 September 2015

article thumbnailTeijin reports that Sereebo, its new carbon-fibre reinforced thermoplastic for mass produced vehicles, is now officially registered on the materials list of General Motors.  Consequently, Teijin...

Windblades from basalt

Monday, 07 September 2015

article thumbnailRussian basalt fibre producer Kamenny Vek is teaming up with the Turkish manufacturer of non-crimp fabrics, Spinteks and the Technical Textiles Institute at Aachen University in Germany to develop...