(Plastic for the Compost Heap -- An Idea with a Future | Made in Germany )
- KookieLv 57 年前最佳解答
One day, two man set out with one goal to invent a new plastic without using oil and made only with renewable resources. They spent years experimenting with all kinds of natural materials. In the end, they opted for lignin, an organic substance found in wood. After trying out many different things, we ended up sticking with lignin, partly because it also fulfills other criteria -- among others, it's widely available and there's a consistent level of quality.
The two inventors set up their own firm in southern Germany where (TECNARO) produced the environmentally friendly plastic. The new material named Arboform can be found everywhere, like in the heel and sole of these designer shoes. The firm's customers also include auto maker Porsche. From eggcups to children's toys, or loudspeakers, the new plastic has found a myriad of uses. It also comes in multiple colors.
The exact formula used to make Arboform is, of course, a trade secret, but we're told it also includes other natural fibers, such as flax and hemp. The machinery used in the manufacturing process might look low-tech, but for the company's founders, Arboform is very much the star of the future.
Juergen Pfitzer still finds it hard to believe the success of their enterprise. "The difficulty was we have no business experience. We're scientists; so we were not only seeking to launch a new technology, we first had to learn how to run a company."
The two of them invested every spare cent in the company, and for a long time they struggled to break even. Today, they have sixteen employees and they hope to expand further. "Our sales have steadily increased; even during economic crisis we have double-digital growth. Now we're in the process of expanding. We really have the winning of our sales right now.
The firm has a mini laboratary where staffs adapt the formula to suit the customer's requirements. Every batch has to undergo tests. This one is for tensile strength. The melting temperature is also tested.
2013-07-09 00:38:20 補充：
The firm has developed 900 variations of the formulas so far, some more pliable, others more rigid. It's what makes the products so versatile and there's one aspect where Arboform is unbeatable -- it's completely biodegradable unlike conventional plastics that must be recycled.
2013-07-09 00:40:02 補充：
The new plastic is more expensive but Helmut Naegele is optimistic (that) demand will continue to increase. "It's the only way to go; sooner or later, material that has been using oil will have to be replaced with sustainable materials --
2013-07-09 00:40:16 補充：
-- materials that can be grown outside every year."
The pair were awarded the 2010 European Inventor prize for their work. Arboform looks set for a successful future.
2013-07-09 11:34:34 補充：
Jim is right. 感謝Jim 的指正.
- Jim-歸鄉樂Lv 77 年前
Arboform is very much the star of the future.這一段的star我聽是"stuff".
We really have the winning of our sales right now.我聽的是:We reaaly have the wind in our sails right now.
material that has been using oil. "materials"我聽是複數.
2013-07-10 16:35:21 補充：
- 幻星Lv 57 年前