Cellulose composite targets widespread application


Recently in the news for its collaboration with Ford and work on a composite material with Interfacial Solutions (River Falls, WI), pulp and paper company Weyerhaeuser Company (Federal Way, WA) has released more details of its proprietary, patent-pending thermoplastic composites that use sustainably sourced cellulose fiber as a reinforcement additive.

Called Thrive Composites, the product will initially be used in household goods and automotive parts. In addition, Thrive can be used in a variety of composite plastic applications, including office furniture, kitchenware, small and large consumer appliances, and other industrial goods. Thrive composites offer several advantages over materials reinforced with short-glass fibers or natural fibers such as sisal, hemp and kenaf. The product is available in either masterbatch form for custom compounders and ready-to-mold thermoplastic pellets for molders.

“Thrive composites are economical and widely available, and they are low mass yet demonstrate excellent tensile strength and flexural properties,” says Don Atkinson, VP, marketing and new products for Weyerhaeuser’s Cellulose Fibers business. “These composites can improve molding cycle times up to 40%. Products made with Thrive require less energy to produce and can reduce wear and tear on processing equipment when compared with those containing abrasive short glass fibers. These substantial benefits create significant advantages for companies looking to reduce their carbon footprints while enhancing performance and productivity.”...
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