Working with the Japan Biomass Plastics Association, Fuji Xerox says it has developed a biomass-based material that is injection molded for mechanical moving parts in office equipment.
The material, which is based on an unidentified cellulose feedstock, has a plant-derived content of approximately 40 percent (by weight), reducing the use of petroleum resources. Flame-retardant rating is V-2, UL Standard.
Fuji Xerox says the new material’s weld strength—where melts join in a cavity—is greater than that of petroleum-based ABS resin. Other favorable properties are flexibility, melt flow and impact strength.
While developing PLA-based resin materials, Fuji Xerox says it has engaged in research and development on inedible woody biomass plastic. The chief reason is that wood materials do not affect the food supply issue and need less transportation, which reduces CO2 emissions, because of their availability throughout the world. Much of the PLA bioplastic used in Japan comes from corn feedstocks in the United States.
Fuji Xerox developed the inedible woody biomass plastic under two partnerships:
- FUJIFILM Corp. conducted fundamental research to boost injection moldability and coloring, and
- Daicel Polymer Ltd.
Fuji Xerox says it will continue to further enhance the environmental performance–including CO2 reduction, as well as mechanical properties aiming at broadening the scope of applications and reducing costs. Costs were not disclosed.
Fuji Xerox has been using bioplastic with a PLA content of 30 percent since 2007.The PLA is alloyed with polycarbonate. The company has also developed a material that only contains PLA and is strengthened with additives that are not based on petroleum.