Bioplastics for Electronic Equipment
Many enterprises and organizations would like to expand NEC engages in a broad variety of environmental initiatives, and conducts R&D to develop technologies to reduce environmental impacts. One of its research projects deals with the recently topical subject of environment-friendly bioplastics, made from plant-based raw materials.
In 2006, we adapted and commercialized a cell phone (FOMA-N701iECO) that uses a kenaf fiber-reinforced bioplastic for its external covering. In January 2010, we commercialized a business personal computer that in 90% of its plastic housing uses, which is one of the most environmental-friendly flame-retardant bioplastic in the world. --> January 12, 2010 press release in Japanese
The bioplastics developed by NEC was named NeCycle ™.
Here, research fellow, Dr. Masatoshi Iji offers an introduction to high-safety petroleum-based flame-retardant plastics, which were the first kind environment-friendly plastics NEC worked on in the course of its development work. He then proceeds with a detailed presentation on the effort NEC has been making in recent years to develop bioplastics that are even more environment-friendly.
- The beginnings of environment-friendly plastics development
-Environment-friendly petroleum-based flame-retardant plastics-
- From petroleum-based plastics to baiomass-based plastics (bioplastics)
- Tackling the development of biomass -based plastics
(Bioplastics) for electronic equipment
- Kenaf fiber-reinforced polylactic acid
- Flame-retardant polylactic acid composaite
- Bioplastics combining shape memory and recyclability
- High-thermal conductivity polylactic acid composite materials
- Three-layered nano-filler for toughening bioplastic
- High Performance Bioplastic with a High Plant Ratio by Using Non-edible Plant Resources: Plant Stems and Cashew Nut Shells (Cellulose Resin Bonded with Cardanol)
- Development of non-edible-plant-based bioplastic featuring the elegance of traditional Japanese lacquerware (Urushi black bioplastic)