Drive into BioBoom

Benvic’s Plantura range enjoyed the spotlight at the K 2022 exhibition in Düsseldorf last week, in cooperation with Roechling Automotive. The joint event was hosted on the BASF stand in Hall 5.

Cooperation between Benvic and Roechling Automotive is now a production reality - with Benvic Plantura compounds being integral to Roechling’s successful BioBoom program.

Benvic has engineered Plantura materials so that they offer some of the lowest carbon emissivity figures in automotive parts. Applications include active grill shutters as demonstrated in last Friday’s event.

Benvic’s Denis Grecchi, the Plantura product manager, has been leading the evolution of these compounds: ‘In Plantura we now have a unique biopolymer that is ready for the most demanding of markets,’ he says.

Plantura offers low emissivity parts

‘Historically, PLA based compounds have been developed for high volume and low-specification applications. However, at Benvic, we have made Plantura irresistible to automative suppliers by engineering massive CO2 savings in the material. Finally, we can now supply a real alternative to conventional thermoplastics in the automotive market.'

Grecchi adds that ‘we are also fortunate that BASF has fully supported us in developing Plantura’s UV resistance. Plantura’s unique performance is also the results of our years of development with Roechling Automotive.'

Benvic’s ongoing development of Plantura is an integral part of the company’s ambitions within the emerging circular economy. Plantura complements other Benvic innovations in the use of polymer recyclate and in up-cycling new products from first-life plastics.

Plantura now offers buyers a clear route to low emissivity parts in markets such as automotive, consumer, electrical and electronics.