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PLA alloys with 40 percent bio-content perform like engineering thermoplastics

02 August 2012

New polylactic acid (PLA) alloys from the Bioplastics Division of Teknor Apex Company enable manufacturers of electronic housings and other components to incorporate substantial amounts of bio-based content in their products without sacrificing the essential mechanical and thermal properties provided by engineering thermoplastics.

Based on alloys of PLA and ETPs, Terraloy BP 70010 and 70011 compounds provide similar or greater strength, stiffness, and heat distortion temperature in comparison with standard polycarbonate (PC), ABS, and PC/ABS blends while incorporating 40 and 36% levels of bio-based content, respectively. Teknor Apex can formulate other Terraloy 70000 Series alloys on a custom basis, providing similar benefits while meeting specific customer requirements.

Potential applications for the new compounds include injection moulded housings, handles, covers, and other components of electronic devices, medical equipment, and consumer products. When used in applications like medical equipment housings and bar code scanners (such as that shown here), Terraloy 70000 Series alloys help manufacturers meet sustainability targets.  

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