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Glass Fiber Reinforced Compounds

Something not deemed possible has become a reality: fully biobased and biodegradable glass fiber reinforced compounds. Arctic Biomaterials (ABM) from Tampere, Finland, are delighted to announce the recently established collaboration with Helian Polymers (Belfeld, The Netherlands).

By combining ABM's unique ArcBiox degradable and reinforcing glass fibers with Helian Polymers' signature PHAradox PHA compounds, new functional material possibilities emerge due to improved mechanical and thermal properties. No less than six grades have been developed so far.

The established synergy between both companies enables the industry and interested parties to test and validate new sustainable materials for a range of applications where glass fiber reinforcements are a requirement.

These new PHA compounds with ArcBiox glass fibers, which are in a developmental stage, will degrade in the environment without the formation of persistent microplastics or remaining glass fibers. 

With these exciting and still experimental materials both companies are open to discuss application development with their customers and explore further opportunities. 

From government regulation to social pressure, the call for sustainable materials is getting louder every day. By combining their strengths, both Arctic Biomaterials and Helian Polymers help potential customers to lower the threshold to develop new applications with their latest sustainable materials - which are fully biobased and 100% biodegradable - with the sole intention to minimise the end product's negative impact on the environment. 

About Arctic Biomaterials

Arctic Biomaterials Oy from Tampere, Finland is a company producing high-quality materials for bioresorbable implants and as sustainable alternatives for conventional fossil oil-based plastics.  One key specialty utilized in both medical and technical sectors is their proprietary bioresorbable glass fiber reinforcement technology.

The medical business unit breaks boundaries with medical grade bioresorbable composite raw materials even for load-bearing applications, as well as offers new manufacturing technologies and R&D services.

Arctic Biomaterials’ technical business unit produces high-performance bio-based and biodegradable composites for demanding consumer and industrial applications.

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