RheTech, Inc., a leading producer of filled and reinforced polypropylenes for the automotive, truck, electronics, construction, and consumer markets, has now developed a new grade of biocomposite using sugar cane-based, high-density polyethylene supplied by Braskem, the largest thermoplastic resins producer in the Americas. The new grade adds to RheTech’s extensive line of RheVision biocomposites that are meeting the growing demand for environmentally friendly and high-performing materials required by its customers.
The company wanted to take advantage of Braskem’s development of a renewable-based polyethylene to create a product that uses bio fiber and a green polymer. Thus the initial product offering uses wood fiber in combination with the sugar cane-based, high-density polyethylene. This compound’s physical properties allow the company to penetrate new markets and applications, it is said. The company will continue to develop products with other fibers, including rice hulls, agave, flax and coconut shell.