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Cereplast releases injection moulding, algae based bioplastic grade

22 January 2013

The US based bioplastics specialist, Cereplast has announced the commercialisation of its Algae Bioplastics with the introduction of Biopropylene 109D, an injection moulding grade.

Cereplast has identified a post-industrial algae source that does not rely on the commercialisation of biofuel production, allowing the company to commercialise Algae Bioplastics sooner than anticipated. Additionally, Cereplast's R&D team has discovered a post-industrial process that significantly reduces the odour that is typically inherent to algae biomatter.

Biopropylene 109D is an injection moulding grade manufactured with 20 percent post-industrial algae biomatter. The renewable resource content significantly reduces the carbon footprint of the final product while reducing the petroleum-based plastic content.

The algae biomass used by Cereplast are by-products from algae biofuels and nutritionals, resulting from industrial processing to extract speciality chemicals. Biopropylene 109D can be processed on existing conventional electric and hydraulic reciprocating screw injection moulding machines, and is recommended for thin wall injection moulding applications.

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