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Plexiglas(R) Rnew Biopolymer Alloys Win R &D Magazine's 2012 Top 100 Award By Globenewswire

KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa., Nov. 12, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The R &D 100 Awards have long been a benchmark of excellence for industry sectors as diverse as telecommunications, high-energy physics, software, manufacturing, and biotechnology. Winning technologies are used in medical, industrial, research, consumer, and manufacturing applications.

"We are honored to count Altuglas International among the many life changing innovations which have received this award," said Antonis Papadourakis, Regional President of Altuglas International, Americas. "This award is an affirmation of our commitment to foster an environment where innovation is the primary driver for the company's future growth," he noted. "This technology is true innovation that not only allows us to provide sustainable products for our customers, but leads us into new markets worldwide. To date, we are pleased with the overwhelming response from key industry brand owners and look forward to a successful adoption in the global marketplace."

The unique properties of the new Rnew alloys stem from the synergistic effect of compounding two miscible polymers, Plexiglas® and biopolymer. The resultant Plexiglas® Rnew alloys feature lower processing temperatures, greater melt flow properties, and reduced carbon footprint. Altuglas International can tailor properties of these alloys, such as impact and chemical resistance, to meet some of the most demanding application conditions. The Plexiglas® Rnew alloys do so without compromising the optics, scratch resistance, color acceptance, and surface aesthetics for which the Plexiglas® and Altuglas® brands are well-known.

Plexiglas® Rnew biopolymer alloying technology focuses on performance enhancement of biopolymers for use in semi- and durable goods applications for consumer, electronics, lighting, building and construction, point of purchase, sign & displays, medical, optical, automotive, and other markets.

The versatility in Plexiglas® Rnew is formulated into these resins in the form of a variety of colors and effects, transparency, formability, toughness, are easily decorated, and adhere to all commonly used plastics allows designers an attractive surface for sign and display applications like shelving, tabletops, backdrops, and fabricated visual displays.


Whether for cosmetic packaging, lighting, house wares, small and large appliances, or other items designed for visual aesthetics and clarity, injection molded Rnew resins provide high performance and a sustainable alternative including higher impact resistance for part protection, superior chemical resistance for part longevity, surface properties for better lifetime aesthetics, and exceptional toughness for property retention over time.

Plexiglas® Rnew resin offers optimized performance and manufacturing properties that reduce fabrication time and temperatures for thermoformed parts in lighting, security, signage and additional applications. Plexiglas® Rnew sheet thermoforms at low pressure, so molds can be made of low-cost materials, such as wood and plastics. These attributes allow the thermoformer the option to tool molds, at reasonable costs, for complex, low volume, custom-designed panels. The new bio-based alloys offer exceptional performance characteristics and are designed to be an excellent choice for brands looking for lower carbon footprint solutions.

About R &D 100:

Since 1963, the R &D 100 Awards have identified revolutionary technologies newly introduced to the market. Winners of the R &D 100 Awards are selected by an independent judging panel and the editors of R &D Magazine. The publication and its online portal serve research scientists, engineers, and other technical staff members at high-tech industrial companies and public and private laboratories around the world.

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