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Dow: Impact modifier introduced for PLA and PLA blends

Dow Chemical (Midland, Michigan / USA; www.dow.com) has introduced the "Paraloid” BPM-515 range of acrylic impact modifiers, developed to impart toughness and maintain clarity in PLA. The company says the modifier allows production of lower cost toughened PLA compounds for manufacturers of sustainable industrial and consumer bioplastic packaging and durable products, particularly in the automotive, medical and electronics industries.

BPM-515 is claimed to offer higher efficiency than BPM-500, which was introduced two years ago, and offers high impact performance at use levels down to 1%.

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