NPE ’09: Bioplastics begin appearing in durable goods

23 June 2009 23:16  [Source: ICIS news]

CHICAGO (ICIS news)--Bioplastics, long relegated to making throw-away silverware, are increasingly showing up in durables, as manufacturers compete to make their products stand out, a member of a US plastics group said on Tuesday.

Increasingly, consumers are requesting products made of renewable materials, said Richard Bopp, a member of the new-technology committee of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE), a group involved in the technical and commercial aspects of the plastics industry.

“We’re getting to the point where folks want to meet that market need,” he said.

Bopp was speaking at the 2009 National Plastics Exhibition (NPE) in Chicago, Illinois.

Already, a Toyota vehicle had a spare-tyre cover made with renewable plastic, Bopp said.

Although some plastic processors are comfortable with bioplastics, the industry as a whole is still not familiar with the material, he said. “That’s a big challenge for us.”

More than 40,000 people had registered to attend the NPE. The event continues through Friday.

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