Polypropylene filled with 30-50% natural fibre, making stonger and stiffer than most plasticsUPM is a satisfying plastic to hold it has smooth satin finish that is quite nice to hold and a warm stiff feel to it. Looking at it their is very little to indicate that up to half its content is from cellulose fibre its for all appearance a less flexible polypropylene. This material can reduce the impact from the plastic by 30%-60% and as polypropylene is one of the most common plastics in consumer products it may be really good option. So how does it compare to regular polypropylene?

Features

  • Stiffer than regular plastics
  • Stronger than most polypropylene
  • Good ability to take colour
  • Lower carbon foot print

 

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Great for products requiring rigid support.

Manufacture & Fabrication

Manufactured in similar way to most plastics UPM Formi with the cellulose pulp being added to the plastic mix in varying quantities depending on application. The manufacture was specifically aimed towards making the plastic suitable for injection moulding.

Durability & Sustainability

The plastic is actually more durable than regular polypropylene as it is more abrasion resistant however there is little data on how it reacts to UV light though it is not listed as UV sensitive. On the sustainable side of things the cellulose fibre come from sustainable forests and the overall reduction on C02 is undeniable.

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