“For decades, it has been the dream of many scientists to find a higher value purpose for lignin, due to its incredible potential.”
China-based Yanfeng Automotive Interiors (YFAI) and US biomaterials company Prisma Renewable Composites have inked an agreement which gives YFAI exclusive use of Prisma’s lignin-based material in the development of automotive interiors.
Prisma’s BioLANTM material is produced using lignin, a natural by-product of the pulp and paper making process.
Lignin is essentially the “glue” that surrounds the cell walls of living plants like trees and grasses. It contains a vast amount of the world’s carbon and has the potential, if modified correctly, to replace many of the petrochemical-based products we use in everyday life.
YFAI (@YFAutoInteriors) is an automotive interiors specialist. The agreement includes plans to introduce Prisma’s BioLANTM material to YFAI’s broad customer base for use in various automotive interior applications.
In a statement, Prisma (@PrismaComposite) said that its technology was a sustainable alternative to Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) plastic, which is used broadly in the automotive industry.
Through Prisma’s lignin technology, petrochemicals are partially replaced by natural polymers. The resulting BioLANTM material improves key properties of traditional ABS plastic, including cost, higher UV resistance, and higher tensile strength while reducing total greenhouse gas emissions.
“YFAI continually looks outside of the industry for materials that not only have applicability for use in automotive interiors, but also are beneficial from a sustainability perspective,” said Jeff Stout, Executive Director, innovation and new mobility, North America, for YFAI. “We see great promise in the BioLANTMmaterial.”
“Prisma and YFAI’s agreement is an important step forward in environmental stewardship and is one of the first of its kind regarding this application for lignin,” said Adam McCall, Founder and CEO, Prisma Renewable Composites.
McCall added: “For decades, it has been the dream of many scientists to find a higher value purpose for lignin, due to its incredible potential.”