07. Oct 2021
Bioplastics producer Green Dot Bioplastics and tier 1 automotive supplier Mayco International have partnered on the development of a sustainable solution for the trim and scrap fibres produced during Mayco’s manufacture of automotive components.
Green Dot Bioplastics launched Terratek® NFRP in 2020, a type of biocomposite using fibers such as hemp, jute, sisal, American Bamboo, and flax, instead of glass or carbon fiber.
Together, the two companies, both headquartered in the US, developed an NFRP composite material using the trim and scrap fibers, removing them from the waste stream and expanding the lifespan of the original materials. "We wanted to find a better use of the waste stream from our latest natural fiber composite technologies" said Mayco International Advanced Development Engineer Chris Heikkila. "We partnered up with Green Dot who specializes in bio resins & natural filled plastic products, because of their expertise & current natural filled product portfolio."
"We were excited when Mayco came to us looking for a solution to their waste issue," Green Dot Director of Research & Development Mike Parker said. "They are committed to creating products that are environmentally responsible through sustainable, efficient processes which is exactly what we do at Green Dot."
Both Green Dot and Mayco International value environmental responsibility, sustainability, and innovation.
The new material using Terratek® NFRP technology aligns with those values, providing a sustainable alternative to carbon-based and traditional plastics. While they have similar physical properties, aesthetics, and chemical makeup, Terratek® NFRP is lighter, quieter, and, in the case of this collaboration with Mayco International, reclaims fibers that would otherwise be disposed of as waste.
Green Dot will feature this new product at CAMX 2021 in Dallas, October 19-21 at booth K81.
"Working with the team at Mayco was thoroughly rewarding," Parker said. "We're all looking forward to sharing the results of this collaboration at CAMX in October."