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Farrel Pomini and FPInnovations Combine Wood Pulp, Bioresin into Fully Biobased and Biodegradable Compound

May 6, 2024

Results of collaboration will be presented by FARREL POMINI’s Dr. Peng Ye on NPE2024 Sustainability Stage

Ansonia, CT (May 6, 2024)... Promising results from trials to develop biobased  and biodegradable compounds by mixing low-cost wood pulp and bioresins will be presented by Dr. Peng Ye of FARREL POMINI on the Sustainability Stage at NPE2024 at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 9, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.

Dr. Peng Ye

In his presentation, “Novel Biocomposites for the Sustainable Win,” Applications Development Manager Dr. Ye will be joined by Canadian partner FPInnovations to share insights into how their collaboration produced a 100% biocomposite compound.

The resulting compound, features a fiber level up to 60%, demonstrated high dispersion quality and low processing temperatures. In one trial, injection-molded disposable knives were produced with a compound featuring up to 40% fiber. In another trial, thermoformed products and extruded sheets were produced at industrial scale with a version of the compound featuring 0.5% to up to 10% fiber.

Heat Deflection Temperature improved notably with the addition of cellulose fiber, Dr. Ye will explain. And, while the initial moisture content of the fiber was 3% to 4%, the compounding process decreased moisture to 0.05% to 0.1% in the final compound.

“The compound is produced through a continuous economically viable process,” Dr. Ye explained. “The addition of cellulose fiber into biodegradable resin can reduce cost, enhance compostability, maintain mechanical properties, increase heat resistance and lower carbon footprint.”

Food trays  from Good Natured Products, using wood pulp supplied by West Fraser, were one of the promising results of the collaboration. 

Visit Farrel Pomini at Booth W5161 at NPE2024.

Dr. Peng Ye


In 2010, Harburg-Freudenberger Maschinenbau GmbH, Farrel Corporation and Pomini Rubber & Plastics Srl integrated to form HF MIXING GROUP. FARREL POMINI was established in 2011 to focus expertise in the continuous mixing equipment sector of the HF MIXING GROUP member companies.  As separate companies, Farrel Corporation and Pomini Rubber & Plastics Srl possess over 100 years of collective experience in the polymer processing industry.  The company is a global leader in the research, design and manufacture of continuous mixing systems for the polymer processing industry.

For more information on FARREL POMINI visit the company’s website at www.farrel-pomini.com.

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