Forest products company UPM is launching a new composite material in which wood fibres replace non-renewable raw material. The composite can be used for both industrial and consumer manufacturing applications.
The new material is made from wood fibres and clean plastic polymers. The proportion of wood fibres in the composite varies from 20 to 60 percent depending on the end-use. It can be dyed and moulded just like plastic which allows it to be used for various purposes.
― The new composite material can be used, for example, to make electronic or automotive components or even for furniture, tableware and other goods for everyday living. The possibilities are very extensive, explains Stefan Fors from UPM.
― Our aim is to find new international development partners for our product and increase production with the business, he continues.
In line with its new strategy UPM is an integrated bio and forest company. It employs some 24,500 people around the globe and has production facilities in 16 countries.
UPM develops new composite material