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Magna develops bioplastics for automotive interiors Magna International, a Canadian automotive supplier, is looking for automotive applications for a bioplastics made from sugar by-products

magna, headquartered in Aurora, Ontario, which gathers rare earth research capabilities in Canada, has signed a cooperation agreement with bio onsr, an Italian bioplastics company, which can be effectively included, to use bio on's polyhydroxyfatty acid ester (PHA) based bioplastics to replace traditional plastic materials and develop automotive products

Dieter fahrl nder, senior vice president of interior operations of Magna, said that the project was to respond to the needs of Magna's customer base for sustainable development solutions. Magna has entered the field of bioplastics, but hopes to find a solution that does not rely on food sources

Fahrl nder said that bio on's products are more sustainable because they use by-products (sugar syrup left after sugar beet refining)

he said that the supply of this raw material is sufficient and has no impact on the food chain

bacteria synthesize polymer PHA by sugar fermentation. Bio on company added bacteria to absorb sugar and generate PHA, and then refined and dried. Marco astorri, CEO of bio on, said that the resulting white powder products can be further processed, and their performance is no less than that of traditional plastic based products. This kind of bioplastics is also biodegradable

Marco said that bio on's PHA has been used in various products, including home furnishings and food packaging. Magna's first work was to develop an automotive grade resin and test it in thermoforming and injection molding processes

fahrl nder said that Magna will initially focus on automotive interior applications and will eventually expand to exterior accessories

but improving sustainability means the development of key monomers, special additives, environmental friendly high-performance resin 10, automatic calculation of tensile strength, yield strength, breaking strength, modulus of elasticity, specified non proportional elongation strength Rp0.2 and other conventional data, the preparation of complete sets of engineering technology and the increase in the cost of environmental friendly high-performance surface materials and utilization solutions, at least for now

Fahrl nder said: reducing the carbon footprint of automobile production is our main goal. The problem lies in the cost. I think in the next year, we will always face the problem of biomaterial cost So this is the problem we need to solve

material testing will be carried out in Magna's factory in Liberec, Czech Republic

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