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Renewable Functional Fillers

01 Nov 2022

Disruptive technology is a term rarely used in the world of Polymers, where the primary materials and processes have largely remained unchanged for decades.  Material formulations have been revised and updated as technical demands for higher performance against temperature extremes, more aggressive chemicals and alike have emerged, and as legislation under REACH and RoHS have forced manufacturers to find replacements for hazardous constituents.

For many years technology companies have been searching for alternatives to environmentally costly Carbon Black, which contributes approximately 2.5 tonnes of CO2 for every tonne produced, to meet ever more stringent legislation and customer expectations.

One such RFF product that has been developed by UPM BioChemicals is produced from hard wood and offers some startling benefits in addition to its low carbon footprint and renewable base.

  •        Reduced Compound Density
  •       Non-Conductive
  •       Vibration Dampening
  •        High Wear Resistance
  •        Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon (PAH) Free

                    Compliance to rubber and plastic consumer products with Commission Regulation (EU) No. 1272/2013

  •          Eliminates the need for other heavy fillers, e.g. talc, clay

Other compounders have taken a different approach to make their materials more environmentally friendly including the use of non fossil fillers, like calcium carbonate or clay to replace Carbon Black, again giving the final material a considerably lower Carbon Footprint; or following the circular economic model using increased levels of recycled polymers.

Development trials have demonstrated that in these approaches the technical performance of the finished material is as good, and in some areas better, than standard compounds using Carbon Black.

MacLellan Rubber are working with our raw material suppliers to bring Environmentally better products to customers without compromising performance under its EnviroPolymer brand and will be releasing full technical information in the coming weeks and months.

To register your interest in EnviroPolymer please contact your account manager or email our sales office sales@maclellanrubber.com

Renewable Functional Fillers