Bulk Molding Compounds Inc. (BMCI), West Chicago, Ill., has unveiled a new "green" BMC made from soy-derived polyester resin plus thermoset regrind and natural fibers. The resin is supplied by Reichhold and Ashland, and 10% reground BMC comes from customer scrap. Other ingredients are calcium carbonate, alumina trihydrate, 10% glass and 10% natural fibers such as flax, hemp, and cotton. "Green BMC" reportedly has properties identical to standard grades and sometimes offers up to 10% better impact, flexural, and tensile strengths due to the regrind's fiber content. Green BMC is also said to be cost-competitive. Two headlamp makers have approved the material as a replacement for BMCI's standard BMC304 grade.
Bulk Molding Compounds, Inc.
1600 Powis Ct. West Chicago, IL 60185
Phone (630) 377-1065 Fax (630) 377-7395