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Biobased polyamide additives paves way for high-performance bioplastics [Registered]

Compared with petrochemical-based conventional high-performance plastics, bioplastics have been found wanting, in particular in terms of stability and strength. In cooperation with Tecnaro, Henkel has now succeeded in developing new high-performance biobased polyamide additives that can significantly improve the performance of bioplastics. Feedstock sourced for the polyamide additives of the Macromelt brand is dimer fatty acids based on natural oils (e.g. rapeseed and tall oil). These polyamide additives also have a positive impact on the performance profile of bioplastics as both impact resistance and fiber-matrix adhesion are much improved. Depending on the plastics formulation, the additives are capable of reducing…

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