In Germany, TECNARO will be using Mirel™ bioplastic in its Arboblend line of thermoplastic compounds that are biodegradable in certain environments, including industrial composting and anaerobic digestion systems. Mirel™ is produced by Massachusetts based Telles, a joint venture between Metabolix and ADM. The companies are working together on thermoplastic formulations using Mirel F1005 and P1003 injection molding grades. The specific terms of the supply agreement have not been disclosed. Mirel P1003 is a general purpose injection molding grade with high modulus. Mirel F1005 is FDA cleared for use in non-alcoholic food contact applications, including frozen food storage, microwave reheating and boiling water up to 212 degrees Fahrenheit. Mirel is suitable for a wide range of injection-molded food service and packaging applications, including caps and closures, as well as disposable items such as cutlery, tubs, trays, jars and other consumer products. TECNARO customers are currently using Arboblend for a variety of products in the household and sporting goods markets. The new offering will combine Mirel with other biopolymers, including lignin, starch, cellulose, organic additives, natural resins or waxes, and natural reinforcing fibers. It will then be processed with injection molding, extrusion, deep drawing/thermoforming or pressing into molded parts, sheets or films.
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