The North American market for wood- and natural-fiber plastic composites and plastic lumber is estimated at 2.2 billion pounds and, rising at an AAGR (average annual growth rate) of 9.5%, is expected to reach about 3.6 billion pound by 2009.
Wood fiber-plastic composites, sometimes referred to as WPCs, are blends of wood fiber and at least one thermoplastic. Originally, WPCs were developed as an outlet to use recycled plastic and scrap wood or sawdust.
WPCs with recycled wood fiber/flour have also gained popularity due to the low cost of recycled wood to the manufacturers (Ashori, 2008b). The possibility of using recycled materials in the development of composites is very attractive, especially with respect to the large quantity of wood fiber/plastic waste generated daily.
The global wood-plastic composites market is highly fragmented in nature owing to the presence of several manufacturers. Major players in the wood-plastic composites market include Seventrust Company Inc., Fiberon LLC., CPG International, Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies (AERT) and Fineko among others.
Wood fiber-plastic composites: machining and surface quality Urs Buehlmann Daniel Saloni Richard L. Lemaster1 ABSTRACT Advances in plastic technologies allow use of wood fiber as an inexpensive filler material for recycled plastics, such as bottles and PVC-siding. These mixtures are used for products like decking, mouldings and rails.
Non-wood fiber plastic composites . United States Patent 7151125 . Abstract: This invention is directed to an extrudable compound, an extrusion method using a polymer, a cellulosic fiber, and at least one lubricant selected from the group consisting of ethoxylated esters of hydantoins, ethoxylated esters of sorbitol and sorbitan, and ethylene ...
After harvest, the agricultural residues are usually burned or plowed into the ground as compost. In place of burning or plowing these residues into the ground, these annually renewable lignocellosic fibers or lignocellosics have an outstanding potential of being used as a fiber source in the production of a non-wood fiber composites.
Wood-Plastic Composites. Wood plastic composites (WPCs) are composites manufactured from predominantly (typically synthetic) thermoplastic resins and wood flour filler, though thermoset resins and naturally derived resin systems may also be used. ... The Bitruder series is adapted to process wood fiber composites and offers interchangeable ...
A major factor driving growth of the global wood plastic composite (WPC) market is increasing adoption of wood plastic composites by building and construction sector for various applications.