The unique degradable glass fibers are used as reinforcements in ArcBiox™ materials. This proprietary technology is developed by Arctic Biomaterials; we produce our own glass, process it to fibers and then combine it with biopolymers.
The background for the fiber comes from our medical business and knowledge in bioresorbable implant (screws, anchors) materials. While in the medical field the value added focuses on “torque strength” and “bone growth”, the added value on the technical side is related to the increased temperature resistance and mechanical strength as well as faster injection moulding cycle times.
Degradability of ArcBiox™ materials
The degradable glass fiber reinforced ArcBiox™ materials have been tested for composting by external bodies and have received the Seedling mark (Din Certco EN-13432) to prove the concept.
The sustainability of our products is demonstrated using our LCA know-how. Read more about our approach and results from the sustainability section.
Sizing (adhesion between polymer and fiber)
Producing a bio-based polymer composite that meets demanding technical requirements is possible not only with degradable glass fibers, but also by having a world class knowledge of the adhesion chemistry (sizing) between the fiber and polymer. The recipes that ABM has developed ensure an extremely tight bond between polymer and fiber hence increase the properties of the polymers. This knowledge creates additional value to our customers as we have a possibility to tailor the sizing depending on the polymer used.