K 2013: It's new and it's green from Solvay Acetow: cellulose acetate bioplastic

Düsseldorf - Solvay Acetow is announcing the introduction of its new Ocalio cellulose acetate bio-plastic, manufactured using wood pulp, for the first time here at the K show. "Actually, what people mostly know about us is that 95% of our material is used to make cigarette filters," said Louis Cozzari, Business Development Manager at Solvay Acetow. "But now we're diversifying into other products. We are, after all, a natural based, "green" material. We source all our wood pulp from SFI certified forests. So, with our material, there is no competition with food."

Altogether, including a bio-plasticizer, the bio-based content of Ocalio compounds is at present 50%, with a two-star biobased Vincotte certification. It also has a much lower CO2 manufacturing footprint when compared to petroleum-based products.

Called Ocalio, the new material, an amorphous engineering bioplastic, is a non-toxic material, with mechanical properties that compare favorably with those of styrenics. "We're targeting the replacement of ABS, PS, PC and SAN," said Cozzari. "The typical mechanical behavior is comparable to ABS."

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