LAUREL, NEB. (Nov. 29, 12:15 p.m. ET) — Laurel BioComposite LLC has shipped the first Bio-Res pellets from its new pilot plant, which opened in Laurel earlier this month.
The Bio-Res pellets are made from corn-based distillers' grain, a by-product of ethanol plants. To make Bio-Res, Laurel feeds the grain into tanks, which transfers the material into a displacement pump, which, in turn, discharges it to a decanter. The material is then milled and pelletized.
The pellets are made of 60-80 percent bio-material and are designed to be mixed with polyethylene, polypropylene, polylactic acid or polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA).
Injection molded parts made of Bio-Res show a 10 percent increase in stiffness and tensile modulus, according to Laurel.
Laurel's first customer is using Bio-Res pellets to develop adhesive applications for home products.