PC-prices-in-Europe – Thermoplastic-resin 12-03-2022

PC-prices-in-Europe – Thermoplastic-resin

-PLASTRON® LFT long-fiber cellulose-reinforced thermoplastic resin

Weight reduction plus mechanical strength in an eco-friendly biomaterial

Sustainability has also been sought in product development in recent years, and eco-friendly resins that incorporate natural fibers, starch, wood powder, and other plant-based and natural mineral filling materials are being considered for use in a broader range of scenarios. However, in many cases these eco-friendly resins lack mechanical strength, which is a point of concern.

Polyplastics long-fiber cellulose-reinforced thermoplastic resin (PLASTRON® LFT) is a product designed to satisfy the needs of those who want to use biomaterials but are unwilling to compromise on mechanical strength.

Made from regenerated cellulose*1 for both sustainability and balanced physical properties  PC-prices-in-Europe – Thermoplastic-resin

Cellulose is a material present in plants such as trees and grass. It is the most commonly occurring type of organic matter on earth and holds the potential to help reduce CO2 emissions.

When used as a reinforcing material for resin, natural cellulose fibers have insufficient strength because they are short fibers. Polyplastics has addressed this problem by using regenerated cellulose*1 to develop long-fiber cellulose-reinforced thermoplastic resin with an excellent balance of physical properties. We have acquired multiple patents for this technology in Japan and internationally.

*1 Regenerated cellulose: Natural cellulose spun into continuous fibers through wet spinning.

Low density offers potential for weight reduction of products

When comparing long-fiber cellulose-reinforced PP resin against long-fiber glass-reinforced PP resin at the same flexural modulus, we see that cellulose-reinforced resin has lower density than glass-reinforced resin.

Biomaterial PLASTRON® LFT offers potential for higher strength

Table 1 compares the physical properties of Polyplastics PLASTRON® LFT long-fiber cellulose 40% reinforced PP resin (PP-RF40-02) and short-fiber glass 30% reinforced PP resin with roughly the same flexural modulus. Although the long-fiber cellulose-reinforced PP resin has a flexural modulus roughly 3% higher than that of the glass 30% reinforced PP resin, it shows higher values for Charpy impact strength, tensile strength, and flexural strength, indicating potential for upgraded strength.

Product development initiatives to reduce waste in addition to CO2

Since cellulose is highly insoluble in solvents, a large portion of regenerated cellulose fibers are manufactured through long and cumbersome processes. Simplifying these processes would likely lead to a further reduction in CO2.

Polyplastics is currently developing regenerated long-fiber cellulose materials using what we call the solvent method, a simple manufacturing process that emits very little CO2.  PC-prices-in-Europe – Thermoplastic-resin

PLASTRON® LFT long-fiber cellulose-reinforced thermoplastic resin

-Trinseo raises March PC prices in Europe

Trinseo, a global materials company and manufacturer of plastics, latex binders and synthetic rubber, and its affiliate companies in Europe have announced a price increase for all polycarbonate (PC) grades in Europe, as per the company’s press release. PC-prices-in-Europe – Thermoplastic-resin

Effective March 1, 2021, or as existing contract terms allow, the contract and spot PC prices for the products listed below increased as follows:

– CALIBRE PC resins – by EUR160 per metric ton.

As MRC reported earlier, Trinseo last raised its prices for all PC grades in Europe on November 1, 2021 by EUR300 per metric ton. PC-prices-in-Europe – Thermoplastic-resin

According to MRC’s ScanPlast report, Russia’s estimated consumption of PC granules (excluding imports and exports to/from Belarus) totalled about 82,300 tonnes in 2021, down by 8% year on year (89,200 tonnes a year earlier).

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