Castable Polymers made from Castor Beans could Replace Conventional Plastics

Super-tough materials derived from inedible plants are lightweight, renewable and strong enough to use in vehicles

A new polymer blend made from castor beans is stronger and lighter than conventional structural materials, and researchers say it could improve the safety and fuel efficiency of cars.Castor-Oil-Seeds2

Castor beans are notorious for containing the poison ricin, but it’s possible to turn them into polyamide 11, a thermoplastic from the nylon family of polymers. Now, scientists from Japan have developed a super-strong polymer blend by mixing polyamide 11 with the common household plastic polypropylene, that could replace many of the plastics we use today.

Biobased PA 6.10 Compounds Added to Portfolio of BioFed

German biodegradable and biobased plastics producer Bio-Fed  has added renewable resource-based polyamide compounds, the “MVera ECS” products, to its portfolio. The main focus of Bio-Fed is on compostable and biodegradable plastic compounds for film applications as well as injection moulding.bio-fed

The new PA 6.10 fulfils the standard definition of a bioplastic since it is made up of approximately 60% renewable resources. Castor oil, derived from the seeds of the plant Ricinuns communis, forms the basis of sebacic acid, which is the product’s renewable raw material content.

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Norville Opticians Introduces Neubau into its Stores

Noville Opticians, an England based independent optician has launched spectacle frames that are made of eco-friendly plastic. 

The frames are made of plastic which has 65% castor oil content. The material called natural PX is light and flexible.

It is known that castor oil is being widely used in pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, soaps, lubricants and more.

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Zeal Optics Debuts Ultralight New “Z-Lite” Frames

Zeal Optics has launched two new ellume polarized styles marking the debut of Z-Lite, a new level of lightness in eco-friendly eyewear.zeal optics

Z-Lite uses Zeal’s proprietary plant based Z-resin which is crafted into light, durable and stylish frames through a revolutionary “thin injection process”.

Z-Lite, a derivative of ZEAL’s plant based Z-Resin, comes from the castor bean plant. This material replaces traditional petroleum-based plastics in the manufacturing process and significantly reduces the amount of CO2 produced.

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Castor Seed Price Weekly Report: Jan 16 – 20, 2017

CastorOil.in brings you the weekly report of castor seed price at Bombay Commodities Exchange.

Check out the table and the graphical data.

The price of castor seed at the end of last week was Rs. 4050/quintal and increased throughout the week.

This week, the price decreased at the end of the week.

Price Date Rupees Per Quintal
16 Jan
17 Jan 4025
18 Jan 4025
19 Jan 3950
20 Jan 3950

 

castor seed prices - jan 16 - 20, 2017

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Bioplastics Market & Strategy Consulting – from Bioplastics Guide

EAI, the parent company of CastorOil.in, had been studying the bioplastics industry for the past few years and in the recent past we had the opportunity to look at the sector, in India and worldwide at close quarters.

Based on these, we have put together an exclusive team to provide strategic and market consulting for the global bioplastics industry.

If you are interested in the bioplastics sector and the opportunities it presents, see here to know how the Bioplastics Guide can help you get a strategic understanding of the bioplastics market.

Overview of Bioplastics – Classifications, Feedstock, Uses, End of Life Options – Bioplastics Guide

The Bioplastics Guide, which was started by EAI as a specialized division to provide strategy and market consulting for the bioplastics and biopolymers segments, has a useful section that provides an overview of bioplastics.

The following are the main topics discussed in this section:

  • Bioplastics and its classification
  • Feedstock used to make Bioplastics
  • Biodegradable plastics
  • Non-Biodegradable plastics
  • Bioplastics and its end-use segments
  • End-life options for bioplastics
  • Bioplastics – Markets and Trends
  • Standards and Certifications available for Bioplastics
  • Consulting for Bioplastics

Read more from this page @ Bioplastics Guide

Bioplastics Applications & Uses – Current, Emerging Markets – Bioplastics Guide

The Bioplastics Guide, an initiative by EAI, is a focussed consulting and market research division for the global bioplastics and biopolymers sectors.

The Guide has an interesting section that provides an overview of the end use segments and applications for bioplastics.

Get to know more about the current and emerging end use segments for bioplastics from this page @ the Bioplastics Guide.

New Castor Oil Based Green Plasticizer

Scientists from India performed esterification of furfuryl alcohol and castor oil fatty acid at 3:1 molar ratio, by immobilized Candida antarctica Lipase B in a solvent free system.castor-oil-800067 A maximum yield of ester was obtained. Performance of the FA-COFA ester plasticized Ethyl Cellulose (EC) films were evaluated by certain characteristic studies.

Results showed that the furfuryl alcohol-castor oil fatty acid ester with significant plasticizing property at a certain concentration could act as a substitute for traditional plasticizer dibutyl phthalate.

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New Castor Oil Segmented Thermoplastic Polyurethane with Controlled Mechanical Properties

Researchers from Finland have found a method to produce novel castor oil segmented thermoplastic polyurethanes which have controlled mechanical properties.

Thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) is an elastomer that is fully thermoplastic. Like all thermoplastic elastomers, TPU is elastic and melt-processable. TPU is a linear segmented block copolymer composed of hard and soft segments. The hard segment can be either aromatic or aliphatic. The soft segment can either be a polyether or polyester type, depending on the application.thermoplastic polyurethane

The new study shows that it is possible to produce thermoplastic polyurethanes using castor oil via polyaddition approach where the formation of prepolymers needs to be carried out with the addition of small amount of castor oil and excess of diisocyanate in the very first step. This is followed by the addition of the other polyols and finally a low molecular weight chain extender.

Results showed that the synthesized polyurethanes exhibited good biocompatibility and high transparency.

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