NEW YORK–08/15/2011–Minerals Technologies Inc., (NYSE: MTX) a worldwide manufacturer of minerals products, has launched a new product line of engineered mineral additives for reinforcement in bioplastic applications.
The products being introduced by Specialty Minerals Inc. a wholly owned subsidiary of Minerals Technologies, are designed for bioplastic-based consumer disposables such as packaging, food and beverage service ware, gift cards, signage, films and bags.
The mineral additives are: EMforce® Bio, UltraTalc® 609 and MicroTuff® AGD 609. These additives provide cost-effective solutions for enhancing the performance of bioplastics, while improving processing throughput of bioplastic compounds.
EMforce® Biosignificantly improves the impact resistance and ductility of biopolymers such as polylactic acid (PLA) and polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA). EMforce® Bio also provides down-gauging capability in thermoforming sheets without sacrificing performance, thus reducing the amount of plastic needed in parts production. UltraTalc® 609 and MicroTuff® AGD 609 are nucleating agents for semi-crystalline biopolymers that increase the modulus, or stiffness, and melt strength of bioplastics containing PLA and PHA.
Minerals Technologies Inc. is a global resource- and technology-based growth company that develops, produces and markets worldwide a broad range of specialty mineral, mineral-based and synthetic mineral products and related systems and services. The company recorded sales of $1.0 billion in 2010.
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