API Spa launches APIGO BIO, a family of olefin (TPO) based compounds containing raw materials from renewable sources.

API Spa, a historic company in the field of soft thermoplastic compounds and for several years actively engaged in research and development in the field of bioplastics, announces the introduction of APIGO BIO, a new family of olefin (TPO) based compounds containing raw materials from renewable sources. In recent years API has recognized and successfully interpreted the increasing environmental awareness through cultural change, generating high-sustainability solutions and products. Bio & Beyond represents a further step along API’s journey from the development of the first APINAT biodegradable polymers to offering a complete range of polymers and compounds with a high content of renewability. With the aim of providing solutions in line with a market that is becoming increasingly sensitive to the eco-sustainability of products, API is committed to developing a wide range of biomaterials able to reproduce their current full range of products in a bio-based version. APIGO BIO has a content of renewable source ranging from 20% up to 90%. This aspect is resulting in a benefit measured by the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) in accordance with the ISO 14040-14044 standards and is a method that analyses the environmental impact of a product throughout its entire life cycle, from the selection of raw materials to its final end disposal. As these products are based on raw materials from renewable sources and vegetable crops, they contribute not only to the reduction of CO2 emissions and greenhouse gases thereby saving fossil resources, but also to a more efficient use of agricultural resources and consequently to the development of rural and economically depressed areas that are not suitable for the production of food crops. APIGO BIO compounds show physical and mechanical properties comparable to conventional TPOs derived from fossil fuels. Available in hardnesses ranging from 70 ShA to 66 ShD they can be processed using the traditional technologies of injection moulding, extrusion, extrusion-blow moulding and overmoulding and are available in various grades suitable for contact with food, in accordance with the European 10/2011/EC standard and/or American FDA regulations. The APIGO BIO family of compounds easily adapt to different fields of application including Personal Care, Building, Packaging, Furnishing and Automotive thanks to the wide range of formulations possibile. APIGO BIO represents a further move forward in API’s Bio & Beyond strategy aimed at the world of Bioplastics. And so the APIGO BIO joins API’s already extensive range of bioplastics that includes the APINAT compounds of 100% biodegradable materials and APILON 54 BIO from renewable TPU based sources.

API Spa and DLM Srl together for the Environment !

Thanks to the collaboration between API, a leader in elastomers and biodegradable compounds, and DLM, a leader in hydraulics and hydropneumatics, the first protective cap for quick connect couplings in 100% biodegradable soft material has been created. The protective caps for quick connect couplings offer protection from earth, rain and possible damage to the delicate hydraulic connections of the hydraulic systems present in tractors and earth moving machinery. The materials traditionally used for this application are PVC and SEBS based compounds. The main characteristics required for this application are good resistance to UV and also temperature and weather resistance for lengthy and undefined periods of time. While in use, protective caps for quick connect couplings often fall to the ground. This gave rise to DLM's desire to create a line of products with a low environmental impact through the design of 100% biodegradable protective caps for quick connect couplings that can be completely absorbed into the ground without, in any way, harming the environment. The challenge for API was to create the formulation of a 100% biodegradable material that could offer the same technical performance of the materials traditionally used for this application while also being suitable for transformation using the machines and moulds designed for PVC and SEBS compounds. By carrying out some modifications to the rheology of the base material and by acting on the relative composition of the constituents, API has developed a special grade of APINAT Bio perfectly suitable to be worked using the equipment available and with the required technical performance for this application. This latest application development of APINAT Bio further confirms and reinforces API's commitment to supporting more innovative companies who are sensitive to the growing environmental problems related to creating objects with a low environmental impact.



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