Bitrez Ltd, a specialist in polymers and chemicals, says that it is launching a new range of bio-based resins for composites.
Bitrez Ltd, a specialist in polymers and chemicals, says that it is launching a new range of bio-based resins for composites.

Bitrez Ltd, a specialist in polymers and chemicals, says that it is launching a new range of bio-based resins for composites.

The bio-based resins, including bio-epoxy systems and polyfurfuryl alcohol (PFA), have been designed for composite applications and are REACH compliant, the company said.

PFA is a thermosetting bio-resin derived from biomass crop waste with similar qualities to a phenolic resin but with lower VOC emissions, Bitrez says. PFA also has fire retardant properties equivalent to phenolic resin, along with temperature and chemical resistance.

‘Sustainability and climate change are climbing higher up people's agendas leading to an increase in calls for materials that deliver reduced weight, greater efficiency and a smaller carbon footprint,’ said Dominic Hopwood, Bitrez resin sales manager.

The company plans to showcase the range at the JEC show, taking place from 3-5 March 2020 in Paris, France.

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