BioVinyl could replace standard products

BioVinyl is set to replace the standard material in numerous applications in the US following recent collaboration by Teknor Apex and Dow Electric and Telecommunications (E&T).

The companies are producing vinyl compounds made with plasticisers from renewable resources that have performance advantage over conventional vinyl, a smaller carbon footprint than alternative plastics like polyurethanes and may be more cost efficient than bio polymers.

The vinyl compounds incorporate phthalate-free Dow Ecolibrium bio based plasticisers, which are manufactured using plant by products. The applications targeted by Teknor Apex for BioVinyl compounds include consumer and industrial products, automotive components and medical devices.

Traditional plasticisers are derived largely from fossil fuels, but BioVinyl compounds are less dependent, containing just 35% petrolchemical content or less.

Thorne Bartlett, new business development director at Dow E&T said: "In replacing petrochemical-based products, Ecolibrium bio based plasticisers can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 40%."

It estimates a net reduction of 0.67kg of CO2 for every 1kg of compound made with bio based plasticiser compared with compounds made with diisononyl phthalate (DINP).

Justin Cunningham

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