25. Feb 2022

Carbon negative composites to replace wood and plastics in furniture, cars, and interiors

Carbon negative composites to replace wood and plastics in furniture, cars, and interiors

Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation (MCHC, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo) announced earlier this week that Diamond Edge Ventures, Inc. (DEV, a wholly-owned subsidiary of MCHC”) has invested in Lingrove, Inc. (San Francisco, California, USA).

Lingrove – whose high-performance, carbon-negative composite technology can replace wood, high-pressure laminates, and plastics with its less expensive, clean-chemistry product Ekoa® – has secured its Series A funding with lead investor Diamond Edge Ventures (DEV). This investment in Lingrove is part of MCHC’s efforts to achieve carbon neutrality by utilizing biomass while attaining sustainable growth. Lingrove will use the funds to scale its operations, hire key staff, and increase manufacturing capacity.

“This investment proves that large material companies can be provocative in fostering carbon neutrality,” says Patrick Suel, President of Diamond Edge Ventures. “We generally invest in the top startups in a field. But with Lingrove we selected the leader amongst companies leveraging natural materials and novel chemistries to solve today’s sustainability issues as well as customer’s application needs.”

Ekoa®, developed from plant fiber, delivers a higher strength-to-weight ratio than steel. Ekoa® is already being used to replace mainstream materials such as wood in musical instruments and designer furniture. Upcoming uses in late-stage testing include instrument consoles in electric vehicles, kitchen & bath products, and acoustic panels. Ekoa®, with its extreme endurance, moldability, and general performance, provides a sustainable alternative to other composites and incumbent materials, with a luxurious and natural aesthetic.

“Demand for naturetech and Ekoa® has been incredibly strong and growing,” says Joe Luttwak, CEO of Lingrove. “Soon every car, furniture, and product designer will be able to replace wood and plastics. We are ready to help deliver high-performance, beautiful, sustainable products that meet our customers’ climate commitments - and most importantly leave forests intact.”
This investment reflects Diamond Edge Ventures’ confidence in the market demand for naturetech and this unique composite product that mirrors the natural look of wood while delivering unequaled sustainability and extreme moldability - making it a perfect alternative for replacing wood, plastics, and metals in even the toughest design challenges. (MT)



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