When it comes to heat resistant materials, Starlite may be one of the most heat resistant materials you never heard about. While its inventor, Maurice Ward, never disclosed the formula for this potentially world changing innovation before his death in 2011, it was proven to be able to withstand heat three times hotter than the melting point of diamonds. While the world has yet to see another material innovation quite like Starlite, when it comes heat resistant thermoforming materials, innovation is still plentiful, especially when it comes to bioplastics.Case in point, Soleger, a Canadian manufacturer of natural “high-performance” bioplastic materials, recently developed a new formulation called Traverse® that combines a base polymer called polylactic acid (PLA) with a natural additive formulation to increase the materials mechanical, processing and physical performance characteristics, such as:
This environmentally friendly material is comprised of up to 40% bio-content that can be recycled at end of life, and can easily support deep draw designs, making it an ideal alternative for PET packaging applications.
At TEQ, we not only recognize the merits of such innovation in materials development, but because we believe so strongly in bringing such innovative choices to our customers, we recently partnered with Solegear to increase the use of materials such as Traverse and help bring them further into the packaging mainstream.
Of course, this is only one example of innovative material development.
What are some examples from your business or industry?