MATERIALS: High-Performance PLA For Durables Rivals ABS

NatureWorks' new ABS replacement formulations are indicative of the continued evolution of Ingeo PLA resins.

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Demonstrating its heat-stable technology Ingeo PLA platform, NatureWorks LLC, Minnetonka, Minn., has introduced three newly formulated grades that offer a range of impact and modulus performance features in tandem with excellent chemical resistance that reportedly rival styrenics.

            Two formulations offer medium and high impact performance with high biocontent, which reportedly makes them ideal for injection molding applications, particularly those now using ABS.  The third is a high-modulus Ingeo formulation for profile extrusion applications that is said to maintain excellent impact performance. Just as with the injection molding grades, it features high stiffness (up to 50% higher flex modulus), and as such offers opportunities for downgauging and material savings. 

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