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Unitika ltd., Osaka, Japan, has successfully developed a new alloy of biomass-based resin, which has unprecedented properties such as moldability, transparency, flame retardancy, appearance and so on. Unitika’s improvement techniques of polylactic acid (PLA) and accumulated knowledge for producing alloys of engineering plastics have brought the achievement of this successful development.
This new alloy type TERRAMAC® resin has also heat resistivity, durability, and impact resistivity equal to ABS resins. A new eco-friendly digital bathroom scale HS-302, nicknamed ECO Living, is equipped with chassis of the new TERRAMAC® resin, which contributes to decreasing about 20% of CO2 emission from the product compared with previous model. Tanita will start selling this new bathroom scale from mainly in Europe and outside of Japan, where are relatively ecologically-minded areas, and plans to expand the sales area gradually.