Plantura formulation technology
In the past, bio-sourced polymers provided ready environmental improvements in terms of carbon footprint and greenhouse gas emissions. However, such polymers have typically been poor in providing thermomechanical performance and also climatic resistance properties.
Enter Benvic with its Plantura formulation technology that has taken these compounds to the next level - higher structural performance: increased thermal resistance, hydrolysis, fatigue resistance, and resistance at impact.
UV resistance – and thus improved weathering and reduced colour fade - is another key parameter for which Benvic has found improvements, thanks to the company’s customised materials work that has succeeded in improving bio parts continuously exposed to sunshine.
Despite its upcoming shift to biomaterials the automotive industry has not relaxed its need for efficiency or for component performance and cost.
Here again, Benvic’s work with Plantura has meant that parts such as grill shutters, for example, can now rely on a very good materials rheology that will fill out mold cavities quickly and will also optimise the moulding cycle time. This represent a great advantage to optimize part sections to balance higher PLA density.
In summary - thanks to Benvic’s research into processability and applications - Plantura compounds now provide a materials platform where environmental aspirations and ambitions can become a cost-effective reality for customers in automotive, electrical and other demanding markets for engineered parts.