Woodforce | Natural Strength for Plastics

Environmentally Fit

Recyclability and Favourable End of Life Options

Thermoplastics, reinforced with Woodforce solutions maintain most of their mechanical properties after one or two recycling cycles. Woodforce compares favourably to traditional glass fibre reinforced polymers in terms of recyclability: our research shows that after two recycling cycles, the Woodforce based products maintain 93% of their tensile strength performance; in a similar scenario, the glass filled products lose 25% of the tensile strength performance.

For injection moulders, this means that you could reintegrate rejected parts in the injection process and reduce reject rate to a much lower level. Woodforce will help compounders and injectors in their effort to optimise productivity, by minimising downtime and rejects.

This favourable recycling feature is also a strong benefit given the emerging legislation that asks for manufacturers to design products with end of life management in mind, a significant issue for the automotive sector in the European Union.

Thermoplastics reinforced with Woodforce can be incinerated at the end of their useful life. The high calorific potential of wood fibres associated with the polymer makes this option an attractive and valid solution to generate energy.

Under European Directive 2000/76/CE (efficient energy generation), the high calorific potential of wood fibres associated with the polymers reinforced with Woodforce means problem-free incineration. Indeed the superior calorific value of wood fibres is approximately 20,000 KJ/Kg versus zero for glass or minerals.

Moreover any incineration of Woodforce based products leads to less residues (less than 1.0%), meeting one key element of the European Directive 2000/76/CE. Incieneration of mineral-based products produces scoria, creates disposal issues, and requires special installation with a suitable license for this operation.