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Using Bioplastics in Products

NEC has developed and is now commercializing NeCycle™ (pronounced “new cycle”), a new bioplastic that uses plant resources as its primary raw material. The brand name NeCycle indicates a new style of recycling: a recycling of the material itself as well as a recycling of the CO₂ that is absorbed by the plant component that constitutes the material's main resource.

Environmental Mid-Term Plan

Promoting the use of bioplastics in products is one of the specific goals of NEC’s Mid-Term Environmental Plan.

Bioplastics as defined by NEC

  • To be called a bioplastic, the plastic must be listed on the Positive List of the Japan Bioplastics Association (JPBA) as a plastic with a biomass ratio of 25wt% or more.
  • The plastic must not include any substances prohibited by the JBPA. (Definition revised in FY 2014/3.)

NEC bioplastics must also satisfy the following requirements:

  • They must use materials developed primarily by NEC.
  • The flame-retardant polylactic acid component must meet the following specific criteria:
    1. A biomass (organic component) ratio of more than 50wt%.
    2. A petroleum ratio of 50wt% or less (compared with petroleum-based plastics made by NEC).

(Definition revised in FY 2014/3.)

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Examples of using bioplastics in NEC products (includes products no longer on the market)

NEC Platforms
NeCycle used for switch cap of Wi-Fi router for business use.

NEC Infrontia (currently NEC Platforms)
Use of NeCycle for gasoline station POS

NEC Infrontia (currently NEC Platforms)
NeCycle used for POS speaker holder corresponding to magnetic card reader.

NEC Display Solutions (Japanese)
NeCycle used for covering of liquid-crystal projector cable.

NEC Infrontia (currently NEC Platforms)
NeCycle used for POS speaker holder.

NEC Infrontia (currently NEC Platforms)
NeCycle used for mobile business terminal components.

NEC Infrontia (currently NEC Platforms)
NeCycle used for POS terminal components.

NEC Infrontia (currently NEC Platforms)
NeCycle used for mobile POS components.

NEC Infrontia (currently NEC Platforms)
NeCycle used for POS components.

NEC lighting (Japanese)
NeCycle (kenaf-reinforced bioplastic (Japanese)) used in lighting equipment.

NEC Infrontia (currently NEC Platforms)
NeCycle used for side panel of landlines.

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