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Bioplastics replace up to 40% of petroleum, keep base material performance

Biobent Polymers (Marysville, OH) is calling its newly-launched Panacea family of bioplastics the first bioplastic resin to deliver the performance characteristics of the base polymer while reducing the petroleum content by up to 40%. Polypropylene- and polyethylene-based grades are the first Panacea products to hit the market.

Biobent Polymers is a newly-formed division of plastics packaging and products manufacturer Univenture. The Panacea technology, which combines soybean meal with off-the-shelf plastics, was developed by Battelle Memorial Institute (Columbus, OH) with funding from the Ohio Soybean Council and licensed exclusively to Univenture.

Keith Masavage, Univenture chief of strategy and operations, stressed that these materials are the first bioplastics without the traditional compromises in performance or price or both. Panacea resin, he said, "...offers enhanced sustainability, high performance, and a competitive price." The first two products in the family are Panacea PP and Panacea PE.

The material, which replaces from 10%-40% of the petroleum-based resin with lower-cost agricultural products, was tested in Univenture's UniKeep binders, which were injection molded at its Marysville production facility. The innovation was recognized in late 2009 with an R&D 100 Award from R&D Magazine.

Evaluation kits of Panacea PP and Panacea PE are available from Biobent in North America by contacting Bruce Thornbloom by email or telephone at (937) 645-4600.

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