German project highlights hemp as bio material

Michael Carus about the project: "Development of industrial scale natural fiber pellet production using natural fibers to reinforce bioplastics in injection molding and extrusion techniques.”

Manufacturers of bioplastics can resolve the problem of dosing natural fibers by using hemp pellets, according to a new Germany-based project led by the nova Institut.

The nova Institut’s Michael Carus said the project was set up because natural fibers cannot be easily fed and dosed in the plastic process, as they stick together. The partners decided on hemp as a material because only flax and hemp are grown as fiber crops in the EU.

…Full text: www.plasticsnews.com/headlines2.html?id=26833

Tags: hemp fibers, pelletization, granulate, natural fiber reinforcement, plastic pellets, sustainable

Source

Plastics News, 2012-10-23.

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BAFA Badische Naturfaseraufbereitung GmbH
FKuR Kunststoff GmbH
Fraunhofer-Institut für Holzforschung Wilhelm-Klauditz-Institut (WKI)
Hiendl Kunststofftechnik GmbH & Co. KG
Hochschule Bremen
Linotech GmbH & Co. KG
nova-Institut GmbH

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