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Injection moldable, transparent bioplastic grabs prize

Biograde, an injection moldable compound developed and marketed by FKuR (Willich, Germany), was the winner of the “Biomaterial of the year 2008” award at last month’s Raw Material Shift & Biomaterials congress in Cologne, Germany. Extruder systems manufacturer Reifenhäuser sponsored the award.

Biograde, an injection moldable compound developed and marketed by FKuR (Willich, Germany), was the winner of the “Biomaterial of the year 2008” award at last month’s Raw Material Shift & Biomaterials congress in Cologne, Germany. Extruder systems manufacturer Reifenhäuser sponsored the award. The material already is in commercial use by Ritter-Pen, an injection molder of writing utensils; 80% (by weight) of the firm’s new Bio-Pens are made from the renewable and compostable Biograde.

Biograde is transparent, depending on the grade, and is based on cellulose acetate with special additives and a coupler introduced via a compounding process developed by FKuR. The cellulose acetate used is derived from European soft wood.

FKuR Kunststoff GmbH makes and markets biopolymers under the brand names Bio-Flex (polylactic acid/copolyester compound), Biograde (cellulose ester compound), and Fibrolon (natural fiber reinforced polymers).[email protected]

FKuR Kunststoff GmbH; Willich, Germany; +49 2154-9251-0; www.fkur.com

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