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More starch-filled PP options for auto use

Two new grades of polypropylene incorporating encapsulating starch particles will be released to the market by Cereplast, Inc. (El Segundo, CA) during the first half of 2012 in the United States and Europe.

Hybrid 102D is a formulation that offers a higher starch content than the current Hybrid 101 grade, while maintaining similar performance. The primary application is injection molding requiring some ductility. Hybrid 105D is a high flow injection molding grade for thinner wall applications than the current Hybrid 101 offering and replaces Hybrid 103, providing more consistent properties and processing. Cereplast Hybrid Resins are suitable for durable goods, including consumer products, interior automotive parts, and furniture, and have a lower carbon footprint than traditional plastics.

"As demand for bioplastic resins grows, so does the demand for high-performance durable grades that are cost effective," says Chairman and CEO of Cereplast, Frederic Scheer. "As the price of oil continues to rise, Cereplast Hybrid Resins get closer to parity with traditional plastics, providing an affordable, eco-friendly solution for companies that wish to reduce their environmental impact. Our research and development team have answered the demands of our clients for better-performing hybrid resins with higher levels of starch content. We are proud to introduce the next generation of bioplastic hybrid resins."

Cereplast Hybrid Resins replace up to 50% of the petroleum content in traditional plastic products with bio-based materials such as starches from annually renewable plants. All Hybrid grades are FDA compliant for direct food contact.-[email protected]

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