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|Fujitsu to use plant-based plastic for notebook casings
January 15, 2005 - 17:03 EST
Fujitsu announced that it will work with Toray to develop a large-size notebook PC plastic housing made of plant-based plastic with "low environmental burden". The new casing material will make its debut in Fujitsu's 2005 spring model FMV-BIBLO NB80K notebook PC.
The plant-based plastic consists of roughly 50 percent natural products and therefore reduces the need for petroleum resources. The main component is polylactic acid which can be extracted from corn and other plants. When used to manufacture a notebook PC, carbon dioxide emissions over the product's entire lifecycle are reduced by roughly percent, according to Fujitsu.
Casings made with polylactic acid were first announced in 2002, when Fujitsu used the technology for one a limited production number of a smaller BIBLIO notebook model. Back then, the technology was not mature enough for volume production, since polylactic acid has a low glass transition temperature, making it difficult to mold. However the companies were able to improve the materials' characteristics of heat-resistance and flame-retardance and prepare it for commercial production processes, Fujitsu said. (THG)