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10-20-2013

Bioplastic Ocalio for Injection Molding

This new and amorphous engineering bio-plastic is a non-toxic material.

The bioplastic Ocalio is suitable for cosmetics packaging (figure: Solvay)

The bioplastic Ocalio is suitable for cosmetics packaging (figure: Solvay)

At K 2013 Solvay announced the introduction of Ocalio cellulose acetate bioplastic manufactured using wood pulp, an entirely renewable resource obtained from SFI certified forests. This new and amorphous engineering bioplastic is a non-toxic material, together with a bio-plasticizer the biobased content of Ocalio compounds is at present 50 %.

Unlike many bioplastics, Ocalio, as a cellulose acetate bioplastic, only uses wood pulp, an entirely renewable resource, and thus does not compete for food resources. It also has a much lower CO2 manufacturing footprint when compared to petroleum-based products. With technical properties and performance more than comparable to oil-based plastics, Ocalio cellulose acetate compounds can not only replace applications made with engineering plastics such as polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) and acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) but also polycarbonates (PC).

According to the manufacturer, it can be easily molded and is designed for a wide range of consumer goods end-use such as containers for cosmetics and personal care, food packaging,electronic devices, toys and mobile phones. In addition to the beneficial range and balance of mechanical properties and ease of processing, Ocalio plasticized cellulose acetate displays excellent surface aesthetics such as a high gloss, smooth and silky tactile qualities and an exceptional depth of color, for both opaque and transparent grades.

Ocalio is a trademark of Solvay Acetow GmbH, Freiburg, Germany, and is manufactured in Europe in back integrated and completely self-sufficient facilities. The cellulose acetate compounds will be commercially available in Q1 2014.

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