Seven Biopolymers/Biomaterials Cluster partners from industry and research are joining forces to develop a new natural material based on lignin, a natural material found predominantly in wood. The objective of the project is to process lignin and natural fibres with enzymatic methods to produce high-quality lignin compounds for use in the car industry. The project is being coordinated by the plastics and biopolymer specialist TECNARO based in Ilsfeld-Auenstein.
Lignin, and lignin compounds, continue to have a number of properties that limit their areas of application. The partners involved in the “ARBOCAR” cluster project are hoping to find ways to employ biotechnological methods to make the material suitable for use in car interior equipment and other areas.
This they hope to achieve mainly through the use of optimised technical enzymes. The project partners are particularly keen on finding a way to produce water-insoluble lignin derivatives from cheap water-soluble sulfonates from which they will then remove the typical odour of lignin with the aid of enzymes. The project partners are: TECNARO (Ilsfeld-Auenstein), ASA Spezialenzyme GmbH (Wolfenbüttel), BAFA Badische Naturfaseraufbereitug GmbH (Malsch), Bosch Formenbau GmbH (Mühlhausen), Fischer Automotive Systems GmbH, (Horb a.N.) and Takata-Petri AG (Aschaffenburg). The Institute of Technical Biochemistry at the University of Stuttgart and Daimler AG (Sindelfingen) are associated partners.Source: Biopolymers/Biomaterials Cluster press release - 13 Oct. 2008