Bioplastics Added to RTP Company’s Specialty Compound Product Families

Global custom engineered thermoplastic compounder RTP Company has introduced a comprehensive line of engineered bioplastic specialty compounds that utilize resins derived from rapidly renewable resources. Initial bioplastic compounds based on polyamide, polyester, and polylactic acid (PLA) are available in grades providing conductive, flame retardant, structural, and wear resistant value-added properties. RTP Company’s bioplastic compounds contain 20 to 80% bio-content by weight and were developed to meet marketplace requests for alternative “green” materials.

BioplasticsEngineered bioplastic compounds from RTP Company are derived from sustainable resources.

“Bioplastic compounds, utilizing components derived from rapidly renewable resources instead of petroleum, are the latest element of an RTP Company initiative to develop greener products to meet diverse industry requirements,” said Andy Lamberson, Corporate Development Manager at RTP Company. “The use of bioplastic compounds lessens dependence on non-renewable resources, they also have a lower carbon footprint, their manufacture emits less carbon dioxide and requires less energy, making them more environmentally-favorable than traditional plastics.”

Initial development has resulted in over a dozen bioplastic compounds that meet a wide variety of application requirements. Research into additional formulations continues along with development of custom materials to meet specific end-use requirements. Prospective applications for bioplastic compounds include automotive interior and industrial components, semi-durable consumer goods, and housings and enclosures for electronics or business equipment.

Bioplastic polyamide- and polyester-based compounds are available with glass fiber reinforcement, antistatic protection, halogen-free flame retardant, and PTFE lubrication. Polylactic acid (PLA) grades are combined with PC, PMMA, or ABS in hybrid formulations that increase mechanical performance and offer antistatic, flame retardant, and structural properties. A 32% bio-content PLA/PC alloy has a notched IZOD impact strength of 15 ft-lbs/in (800 J/m), and a 40% bio-content PLA/PMMA alloy is optically clear. All current bioplastic grades are fully colorable to standard and custom matched colors.

“Bioplastic compounds join RTP Company’s other materials, such as halogen-free flame retardant and recycled post-consumer content grades, which help processors and OEMs meet their goals and consumer demands for manufacturing more environmentally-conscious products,” said Lamberson.

Innovation Bulletin Data Sheets

Initial Bioplastic Specialty Compounds From RTP Company

Additional custom formulations are available to meet specific performance criteria

Product Resin Bio-content Description
RTP 2099 X 121249 A PLA 88% 10% Glass Fiber – Standard Nucleator
RTP 2099 X 121249 B PLA 78% 20% Glass Fiber – Standard Nucleator
RTP 2099 X 121249 C PLA 68% 30% Glass Fiber – Standard Nucleator
RTP 2099 X 121249 D PLA 58% 40% Glass Fiber – Standard Nucleator
RTP 2099 X 126216 A PLA 88% 10% Glass Fiber – Fast-Cycle Nucleator
RTP 2099 X 126216 B PLA 78% 20% Glass Fiber – Fast-Cycle Nucleator
RTP 2099 X 126216 C PLA 67% 30% Glass Fiber – Fast-Cycle Nucleator
RTP 2099 X 126216 D PLA 59% 40% Glass Fiber – Fast-Cycle Nucleator
RTP 2099 X 124790 C PLA 78% 10% Talc – Impact Modified – Standard Nucleator
RTP 2099 X 124790 D PLA 68% 10% Talc – Impact Modified – Standard Nucleator
RTP 2099 X 124790 A PLA 78% 10% Talc – Impact Modified – Fast-Cycle Nucleator
RTP 2099 X 124790 B PLA 68% 10% Talc – Impact Modified – Fast-Cycle Nucleator
RTP 2099 X 124790 E PLA 73% 10% Calcium Carbonate – Impact Modified – Fast-Cycle Nucleator
RTP 2099 X 124790 F PLA 53% 30% Calcium Carbonate – Impact Modified – Fast-Cycle Nucleator
RTP 2099 X 124789 A PLA 94% Impact Modified – Transparent
RTP 2099 X 124789 B PLA 89% Impact Modified – Transparent
RTP 2099 X 124789 C PLA 84% Impact Modified – Transparent
RTP 2099 X 124789 D PLA 79% Impact Modified – Transparent
RTP 2099 X 126211 Z PLA 89% Impact Modified – Transparent – FDA Compliant Ingredients
RTP 2099 X 126218 A PLA 94% Impact Modified – Opaque
RTP 2099 X 126218 B PLA 89% Impact Modified – Opaque
RTP 2099 X 126218 C PLA 84% Impact Modified – Opaque
RTP 2099 X 126218 D PLA 79% Impact Modified – Opaque
RTP 2099 X 126217 Z PLA 79% Impact Modified – Opaque – FDA Compliant Ingredients
RTP 2099 X 121235 D PLA/PC 31% PLA/PC Hybrid
RTP 2099 X 126213 PLA/PC 32% PLA/PC Hybrid
RTP 2099 X 126210 PLA/PC 32% PLA/PC Hybrid – 50% Post-Consumer PC – Black Only
RTP 2099 X 131060 PLA/PC 20% PLA/PC Hybrid – Flame Retardant/Halogen-Free
RTP 2099 X 121241 B PLA/PC 26% PLA/PC Hybrid – Permanently Antistatic
RTP 2099 X 115382 C PLA/PE 39% PLA/HDPE Hybrid
RTP 2099 X 115375 C PLA/PMMA 39% PLA/PMMA Hybrid – Transparent
RTP 2099 X 115375 B PLA/PMMA 39% PLA/PMMA Hybrid – Impact Modified – Opaque
RTP 2099 X 115387 A PA 43% 30% Glass Fiber
RTP 2099 X 115387 B PA 31% 30% Glass Fiber – Flame Retardant/Halogen-Free
RTP 2099 X 115387 C PA 34% 30% Glass Fiber – 15% PTFE
RTP 2099 X 121825 E PA 31% Permanently Antistatic
RTP 4799 X 115376 C PTT 26% 30% Glass Fiber
RTP 4799 X 115376 E PTT 19% 30% Glass Fiber – Flame Retardant/Halogen-Free
RTP 4799 X 115376 F PTT 20% 30% Glass Fiber – 15% PTFE
RTP 4799 X 121826 C PTT 29% Permanently Antistatic

 

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