A new bioplastic 3D printing filament, Floreon3D, which is four times tougher than conventional polylactic acid (PLA) has been developed by Floreon, an innovative UK bioplastics company. The new filament uses a novel polyester-based polymer blend with a standard PLA, which is not only tougher than PLA, but also combines better processing with a smoother printing experience.

While conventional PLA has a lower carbon footprint and non-renewable energy usage than any mineral-based thermoplastic, when used in 3D printing filaments it is renowned for its poor toughness.  While it delivers clean low temperature printing it has limited performance, and some strand breaks have been reported with lower quality PLA filaments.

Floreon3D addresses the need for a sustainable 3D printing filament that matches the performance of conventional filaments – but without the unpleasant smell during processing.  It is tough, flexible, and gives an excellent matte finish, which improves the appearance and durability of finished items and keeps the printer nozzles clean.

As the use of 3D printing accelerates in applications such as prototyping, proof of concept and production of customized products users demand robust output with high quality and fine detail.  At the same time, as its uptake in schools, business and the home takes off, environmentalists are keen to make sure 3D printing goes green.

Key features of Floreon3D

  • Consistent filament diameter
  • Fewer breakages than PLA
  • No nozzle clogging – less machine downtime and less waste
  • Low smell during processing
  • Tough, flexible and strong
  • Excellent matt finish
  • 6 colours, which stay as vibrant as on the spool
  • Biodegradable


Dr Andrew Gill, Floreon Technical Director, explained the advantages of Floreon3D. “We wanted to offer a high quality 3D printing filament that is far better than conventional PLA. It has taken us five years but I’m pleased to say all the hard work has paid off and we have found the resulting product gives a smooth printing experience with excellent interlayer adhesion and is less likely to break than conventional PLA.  In addition it is four times stronger and, with an excellent matte finish, the items it produces look very professional.  All this is achieved without compromising the attractive aspects of PLA such as low odor and low print temperatures compared to other popular plastics used in 3D printing.

Bill Stringer, Floreon Commercial Director, confirmed the availability of Floreon3D.  “We have begun to produce Floreon3D in commercial quantities and I am delighted to say that it is now available for end users to purchase on Amazon.  Currently available in 1.75mm diameter in 6 colors  - red, blue, yellow, black, white and of course green - we will be working to extend the range of products over the coming year.”  However Floreon's ambitions do not end there as Mr Stringer explained.  “Now that we have moved into production, we are working to form partnerships with printer manufacturers, to make Floreon3D their recommended high performance, environmentally friendly 3D printing filament, and with distributors and filament producers to incorporate Floreon resin into their products.”

For more information, visit: www.floreon.com

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Cereplast, Inc. (OTCQB:CERP), announced a new bioplastic resin grade Biopropylene® A150D, an injection molding grade manufactured with 51% post-industrial algae biomass.

The post-industrial algae grade is the first offering with 51% algae content and will be commercially available this quarter. Additionally, the biomass content dramatically reduces the carbon footprint of the final product while reducing the petroleum-based plastic content. Biopropylene A150D has low to no odor due to the discovery of a post-industrial process that significantly reduces the distinctive smell that is inherent to algae biomass. The color of the material is medium to dark green and can be colored to dark brown, black or a darker green for color consistency. A matte or shiny surface can be accomplished based upon mold surface and process conditions. Biopropylene A150D can be processed on existing conventional electric and hydraulic reciprocating screw injection molding machines, and is recommended for thin wall injection molding applications. Biopropylene A150D meets CONEG and ROHS requirements.

"Our technology is at the forefront of the algae bioplastics market," commented Mr. Frederic Scheer, Chairman and CEO of Cereplast. "We consider this new grade to be an important milestone in our quest for new polymers. Our R&D and manufacturing team has done tremendous work and we are excited about the potential outcome. The introduction of our newest grade Biopropylene A150D is significant due to the high percentage of algae biomass content; the greater the algae content, the lower the carbon footprint of the final product. This is an important achievement as our subsidiary Algaeplast works toward the goal of manufacturing polymers made from 100% algae content. We believe Algaeplast can reach this next frontier within the next three years. Algae will allow us to serve a large market of highly engineered polymers at very competitive pricing."

Cereplast subsidiary Algaeplast will continue the research for all algae grades, and Cereplast will distribute all research made by Algaeplast.

For more information, visit: www.cereplast.com

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Ecospan, a global company that specializes in both the development of bio-based resins and the manufacturing of bio-based durable goods, has introduced BioFlow T, which removes a number of barriers that have-until now-prevented industrial designers from incorporating sustainable bioplastics into their new product designs. With BioFlow T, bioplastic materials are now available that meet or surpass petroleum-based plastics performance standards in several areas, including heat resistance and impact resistance-the two main drawbacks to date in developing durable goods products with bio-based materials.

Most notable, perhaps, is the company's introduction of the first bioplastics living hinge, giving packaging designers a solution that has never before been possible with bioplastics. This innovation means that a wide range of consumer and industrial products-- from cosmetic cases to electrical junction boxes - can now be made with bioplastics, since living hinges are typically manufactured in an injection molding operation that creates all three parts at one time as a single part.   BioFlow T materials are used to create everything from protective cases and packaging for high value electronics like handheld devices, mobile phones, GPS consoles and cameras to the actual products themselves, running the gamut from TV remotes and electronic housings to alarm clocks, desk phones, cable TV boxes, and much more.  

"We are innovation partners with product designers and developers from start to finish," said Scott Sanderson, Ecospan's Senior Vice-president of Research and Development. "Providing whole solutions, Ecospan develops custom-designed bioresin blends to meet specific application and product performance requirements and partners with its clients from the industrial design phase, through the product development and manufacturing processes right to the delivery of the finished, manufactured products."

BioFlow technology makes bioplastics a viable solution for industrial designers with other 'firsts', including:

  • Exceptional melt flow characteristics, giving it the ability to duplicate intricate designs and textures
  • High heat resistance
  • Durability, impact resistance
  • High gloss capabilities
  • Complete spectrum of colors
  • Blending compatibility with other petroleum-free ingredients or with petroleum-based ingredients
  • Limitless customizable formulizations

For one global smart phone manufacturer, Ecospan has even incorporated more than 12 million bioplastic shipping containers into their reverse logistics operations for phones that are returned by consumers for repairs. The containers, unlike other sustainable options such as cardboard, can be reused multiple times and then reground and reused-all while saving the smart phone company in excess of $20-million a year.

"Ecospan is leading the way in taking bioplastics from a niche market and into the mainstream," says Ecospan's CEO, Greg Hoffman. "BioFlow technology provides new solutions across the supply chain for replacing or reducing petroleum-based plastics with sustainable, bio-based materials and a 'cradle to cradle', reuse and regrind model for keeping material resources in the value chain and out of landfills."

BioFlowT has been certified as 94% bio-based by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) as part of its BioPreferred program.

With over 20,000 square feet of R&D facilities in Exton, PA, and global production facilities, Ecospan has developed over 5,000 BioFlow plastics formulations over the past nine years that it uses to customize materials for product development applications and manufacturing.

For more information, visit: www.ecospan.com

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New polylactic acid (PLA) alloys enable manufacturers of electronic housings and other components to incorporate substantial amounts of bio-based content in their products without sacrificing the essential mechanical and thermal properties provided by engineering thermoplastics (ETPs).
 
Based on alloys of PLA and ETPs, Terraloy® BP 70010 and 70011 compounds provide similar or greater strength, stiffness, and heat distortion temperature in comparison with standard polycarbonate (PC), ABS, and PC/ABS blends while incorporating 40 and 36% levels of bio-based content, respectively (see accompanying table). Teknor Apex can formulate other Terraloy 70000 Series alloys on a custom basis, providing similar benefits while meeting specific customer requirements.
 
Potential applications for the new compounds include injection molded housings, handles, covers, and other components of electronic devices, medical equipment, and consumer products. When used in applications like medical equipment housings and bar code scanners, Terraloy 70000 Series alloys help manufacturers meet sustainability goals such as the minimum 25% biocontent specification in the BioPreferred Program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.   
 
“Teknor Apex has drawn on its formulating and compounding expertise to develop ETP compounds that have high bio-based content yet deliver performance comparable to standard petroleum-based engineering resins, while lowering overall greenhouse gas emissions,” said Edwin Tam, manager of new strategic initiatives. “Indeed, both of the Terraloy alloys surpass ABS in mechanical and thermal properties and provide substantially higher levels of stiffness than PC or PC/ABS blends.”

For more information, visit: www.teknorapex.com/division/bioplastics

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Cereplast, Inc. (Nasdaq:CERP), a leading manufacturer of proprietary biobased, sustainable bioplastics, today announced the launch of Hybrid 111D and Hybrid 112D, thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) starch hybrid compounds for injection molding applications. Hybrid 111D boasts 30% starch and Hybrid 112D has 50% starch, which lowers the environmental impact of the material compared to conventional TPE. Both grades are soft and pliable, offering stretch with some recovery for soft grip applications such as handles for bicycles and tools, cosmetics packaging, housewares, household appliances, footwear and automotive applications.

"We are enthusiastic about the addition of TPE starch blends to the Cereplast Hybrid Resins family, as we continue to expand our line of bioplastic resins to provide low carbon footprint products to the marketplace," said Cereplast CEO and Chairman Mr. Frederic Scheer. "In the next few months we will also introduce polyethylene hybrids, which will round out our product offering, furthering our leadership role for hybrid resins in the bioplastics industry and meeting the demands of our customers for the properties and pricing that they desire."

Cereplast, Inc. (Nasdaq:CERP) designs and manufactures proprietary biobased, sustainable bioplastics which are used as substitutes for traditional plastics in all major converting processes - such as injection molding, thermoforming, blow molding and extrusions - at a pricing structure that is competitive with traditional plastics. On the cutting-edge of biobased plastic material development, Cereplast now offers resins to meet a variety of customer demands. Cereplast Compostables® resins are ideally suited for single-use applications where high biobased content and compostability are advantageous, especially in the food service industry. Cereplast Sustainables® resins combine high biobased content with the durability and endurance of traditional plastic, making them ideal for applications in industries such as automotive, consumer electronics and packaging.

For more information, visit: www.cereplast.com

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Cereplast, Inc. (Nasdaq:CERP), a leading manufacturer of proprietary biobased, sustainable plastics, will unveil several new technologically advanced bioplastic resin grades at The International Plastics Showcase, NPE 2012. The exhibition is hosted by SPI, The Plastics Industry Trade Association, and takes place April 1-5, 2012 in Orlando, Florida.

The new bioplastic resin grades include Sustainable 1020D, a translucent injection molding grade, Compostable 4008D, a new paper extrusion coating grade, Hybrid 106D, a high starch, high melt flow injection molding grade, and an EVA Hybrid grade. Cereplast will also feature the Cereplast Compostables® family of resins, including the recently added Compostable 3002, Compostable 3010 and Compostable 3020, which are for use on blown film extruder lines for the manufacture of compostable bags, all of which have received DIN CERTCO certifications of compostability. Additionally, the Company will feature the Cereplast Sustainables® product line, which includes the new Cereplast Hybrid Resins® grades Hybrid 102D and Hybrid 105D.

"We are excited to be an exhibitor at NPE, the world's largest plastics exhibition, a fantastic opportunity for us to showcase our unique and technologically advanced materials to the international marketplace," said Cereplast Chairman and CEO, Frederic Scheer.

For more information, visit: www.cereplast.com or www.npe.org

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Cereplast, Inc. (Nasdaq:CERP), a leading manufacturer of proprietary biobased, compostable and sustainable plastics, has introduced the next generation of Cereplast Hybrid Resins®, an expansion of the Biopropylene® PP-based resin product offering through two new bioplastic resin grades, Hybrid 102D and 105D. Cereplast anticipates going to market with the new resin grades during the first half of 2012 in the United States and Europe.

Cereplast Hybrid Resins replace up to 50% of the petroleum content in traditional plastic products with biobased materials such as starches from annually renewable plants. Cereplast Hybrid Resins are suitable for durable goods, including consumer products, interior automotive parts, and furniture, and have a lower carbon footprint than traditional plastics. The new grades Hybrid 102D and Hybrid 105D are both injection molding grades, a heating and cooling manufacturing process in which the material is molded in different shapes.

Cereplast's Biopropylene PP-based resin consists of polypropylene encapsulating starch particles, and includes Hybrid 101, Hybrid 102D and Hybrid 105D. In addition to providing a lower carbon footprint than traditional PP, many of the desirable PP properties are maintained including chemical resistance, mold shrinkage, mold flow, surface appearance, heat deflection temperature, and hinge performance. Hybrid 102D is a formulation that offers a higher starch content than Hybrid 101, while maintaining similar performance. The primary application is injection molding requiring some ductility. Hybrid 105D is a high flow injection molding grade for thinner wall applications than Hybrid 101 and replaces Hybrid 103, providing more consistent properties and processing. All Hybrid grades are FDA compliant for direct food contact.

"As demand for bioplastic resins grows, so does the demand for high-performance durable grades that are cost effective," said Chairman and CEO of Cereplast, Frederic Scheer. "As the price of oil continues to rise, Cereplast Hybrid Resins get closer to parity with traditional plastics, providing an affordable, eco-friendly solution for companies that wish to reduce their environmental impact. Our research and development team have answered the demands of our clients for better-performing hybrid resins with higher levels of starch content. We are proud to introduce the next generation of bioplastic hybrid resins."

Cereplast, Inc. (Nasdaq:CERP) designs and manufactures proprietary biobased, sustainable plastics which are used as substitutes for traditional plastics in all major converting processes - such as injection molding, thermoforming, blow molding and extrusions - at a pricing structure that is competitive with traditional plastics. On the cutting edge of bioplastic material development, Cereplast now offers resins to meet a variety of customer demands. Cereplast Compostables® resins are ideally suited for single-use applications where high biobased content and compostability are advantageous, especially in the foodservice industry. Cereplast Sustainables® resins combine high biobased content with the durability and endurance of traditional plastic, making them ideal for applications in industries such as automotive, consumer electronics and packaging.

For more information, visit: www.cereplast.com

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Cereplast, Inc. (NASDAQ: CERP), a leading manufacturer of proprietary biobased, compostable and sustainable plastics, today announced it is establishing a bioplastics manufacturing plant in Assisi (Cannara), Italy.

“This is a significant step in Cereplast’s evolution,” said Frederic Scheer, Chairman and CEO of Cereplast. “The development of this plant in Italy reflects Cereplast's continued commitment to providing bioplastic resin to meet soaring demand for this material in the European market. After exploring possible sites in several countries in Europe, we identified a central location in Italy, where we have established several strong distribution relationships. In addition, the Italian government has expressed its strong support for the development and use of bioplastics, therefore it was the obvious location choice for our plant.”

Scheer continued, “Currently, 85% of our business is based in Europe. We believe this new plant will create efficiencies, reduce transportation costs and minimize risks in our business. The market for bioplastics in the European Union is expected to be one million tons by 2014 according to European Plastics. This new manufacturing facility will position Cereplast to effectively serve that expanding market.”

The plans for the plant include a total capacity of approximately 100,000 tons, or about 220 million pounds. This is expected to occur in several phases: the first phase of 50,000 tons is expected to start manufacturing in late-2012, and the second phase of 50,000 tons is planned to begin manufacturing in mid-2013, based on market demand. The plant will be developed on the site of a former industrial plant and is expected to be approximately 125,000 square feet in size. The site is currently permitted as a chemical site, which will enable the company to benefit from existing infrastructure.

The plant will be owned and run by Cereplast Italia SPA, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cereplast, Inc. This venture will be financed through local and regional financing with Italian institutions and is expected to receive subsidies from various state and local agencies. The initial investment is estimated to be about €10 million to €12 million.

“Umbria is centrally located in central Italy and has a worldwide reputation for being one of the most respectful regions in terms of the natural environment. As such, Cereplast is the perfect company for our region with their focus on green technology,” said Vinicio Bottacchiari, Executive Director of Sviluppumbria, a regional agency. “The new plant when completed will bring about 150 new jobs to our area and we are very excited to have Cereplast as part of our community.”

Conference Call

The company will discuss this development in more detail on its first quarter 2011 conference call and live webcast on May 16th, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. PDT (5:00 p.m. EDT). To join the live conference call, please dial the following number five to ten minutes prior to the scheduled conference call time: 877-312-5508. International callers should dial 253-237-1135. A live webcast and archive of the call will also be available on the Investor Relations section of Cereplast's website at www.cereplast.com.

Cereplast, Inc. (NASDAQ: CERP) designs and manufactures proprietary bio-based, sustainable plastics which are used as substitutes for petroleum-based plastics in all major converting processes - such as injection molding, thermoforming, blow molding and extrusions - at a pricing structure that is competitive with petroleum-based plastics. On the cutting-edge of bio-based plastic material development, Cereplast now offers resins to meet a variety of customer demands. Cereplast Compostables® Resins are ideally suited for single use applications where high bio-based content and compostability are advantageous, especially in the food service industry. Cereplast Sustainables™ Resins combine high bio-based content with the durability and endurance of traditional plastic, making them ideal for applications in industries such as automotive, consumer electronics and packaging. Learn more at www.cereplast.com.


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