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December 29th, 2009

Solar-Powered Scale Features Bioplastic Housing

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The new material, which was developed in Japan by Unitika, is said to have improved properties in areas such as moldability, transparency and flame retardancy. Called Terramac, the plastic has thermal properties, durability and impact resistivity comparable to ABS resins, a crossover plastic between commodities and engineering-grade.

Unitika developed the first commercially available heat-resistant PLA sheet in 2002. Flame retardance and impact resistance were improved by applying Unitika's nanotechnology, plant-based reinforcements, and inorganic fillers. Various polymer alloys further improve properties of the new material.

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