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New Bio-Based, Carbon-Fiber-Reinforced Compound Delivers Sustainability and Performance

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Suited for use in electronics and healthcare products, Sabic’s bio-based LNP Thermocomp DC0041PE-7M1D145W reportedly exhibits the same properties as the incumbent compound.

A new flame-retardant, carbon-fiber-reinforced compound with a reduced carbon and energy footprint is suited for use in the electrical/electronics, healthcare, and other sectors. Bio-based LNP Thermocomp DC0041PE-7M1D145W delivers sustainability while exhibiting the same properties as the incumbent compound, said Sabic.

The entire value chain, from the raw materials to finished goods, are certified through ISCC and are compliant with regional and global regulations, according to Joshua Chiaw, Director, Business Management, LNP Compounds & NORYL Resins. “The success of our first bio-based compound is inspiring us to accelerate our innovation efforts to develop totally new ways to support customers and protect the planet,” added Chiaw.

For every 100 kg of the new compound, 21 kg of fossil-based materials have been replaced with bio-based materials derived from waste or residue, such as crude tall oil and hydro-treated vegetable oils, based on a mass balance approach, according to Sabic. Moreover, the compound was developed with more than 50% recycled content from post-consumer recycled (PCR) resin and pre-consumer recycled carbon-fiber sources.

According to an internal life-cycle analysis conducted in accordance with ISO 14040/14044 protocols, LNP Thermocomp DC0041PE-7M1D145W can offer up to a 17% reduction in its carbon footprint compared with the fossil-based incumbent material. 

The bio-based compound complies with the requirements of the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) Regulation and the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directive.

Because the properties of the incumbent material — temperature resistance, mechanical performance and structural properties, processability, and halogen-free flame retardance — are not altered, the bio-based material is suitable as a drop-in replacement.

Potential applications for this injection molding product include thin-wall parts, such as housings for consumer electronics, and components such as surgical instruments that require good dimensional stability.

Currently, LNP Thermocomp DC0041PE-7M1D145W is manufactured in Asia Pacific. Sabic said that plans are in place to expand local production to other geographies, as needed.

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