Yanfeng Automotive Interiors to use Prisma Renewable Composites’ lignin-based material : Biofuels Digest

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In Tennessee, Yanfeng Automotive Interiors (YFAI) and Prisma Renewable Composites announced that the companies have entered into an agreement giving YFAI exclusive use of Prisma’s lignin-based material in the development of automotive interiors.

Prisma’s BioLAN TM material is produced using lignin, a natural byproduct of the pulp and paper making process. Lignin is essentially the “glue” that surrounds the cell walls of living plants like trees and grasses. It contains a vast amount of the world’s carbon and has the potential, if modified correctly, to replace many of the petrochemical-based products we use in everyday life.

The agreement includes plans to introduce Prisma’s BioLANTM material to YFAI’s broad customer base for use in various automotive interior applications. Prisma’s technology is a sustainable alternative to Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) plastic, which is used broadly in the automotive industry.

Through Prisma’s lignin technology, petrochemicals are partially replaced by natural polymers. The resulting BioLANTM material improves key properties of traditional ABS plastic, including cost, higher UV resistance, and higher tensile strength while reducing total greenhouse gas emissions

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