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Bio-Res: a Laurel BioComposite product made from distillers grains

News International-French

30 Dec 2013

The company announced it has earned the USDA Certified Biobased Product Label for its Bio-Res PE and Bio-Res powder products.

The company first introduced the biomaterial in 2011 as a cost-effective, green replacement with improved performance properties for traditional petroleum-based resins in a variety of plastics manufacturing processes.

Bio-Res Powder is made from Distillers Grains utilizing a proprietary process. Bio-Res Powder is high purity and characterized by controlled particle size and color. The feedstock is a by-product of the ethanol process and is a renewable, sustainable resource that is biodegradable. 

The BioPreferred label assures customers that Laurel BioComposite products contain bio-materials in the amounts specified. The company’s newly certified products also are part of the Federal procurement preference program and may help achieve Materials & Resource Credits 6 (MR-6) as well as additional credit categories related to LEED certification.

Earlier this year Laurel BioComposite moved into a newly constructed 20,000-square-foot manufacturing facility. Its’ production line is operating at a capacity of 7 million pounds a year. Phase II which includes a second production line and bulk material handling is underway and is expected to raise Laurel BioComposite’s annual capacity to 48 million pounds.

Laurel BioComposite Bio-Res products are able to economically raise the renewable or “green” content of plastic products by as much as 40 percent. The biomaterial is available in pellet formulations which blend easily with polyethylene, polypropylene, polylactic acid and polyhydroxyalkanoates matrices. The product has been tested to replace 20 to 40 percent of the neat resin in a variety of manufacturing processes. Master batch pellets provide easy drop in to thermoplastics formulations. Bio-Res PE is especially suited for single-use products as well as applications for a variety of industries including shipping, lawn and garden, agriculture and automotive.

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