The Biomass Material Technology

Kenji Yao Design for Environment Group,
Technology Development Group
Toshiaki Sagara same as above
Masahiro Moriyama same as above
Seiichi Takagi same as above

In confronting the environmental crisis of carbon dioxide emissions and the exhaustion of oil on a global basis, plant resins have been proposed as alternatives to petroleum-based plastics. In order to accomplish carbon neutrality and make the best use of scarce resources, Fuji Xerox has made a continuous effort to develop environmental technologies to utilize resin originating from plants, specifically from maize or corn, in the plastic materials applied to our printers and copiers.

Ordinarily, the resins used for printers and copiers face strict requirements in terms of flame resistance and impact resistance or rigidity. Meeting both kinds of requirements is enormously challenging for biomass plastics.

Our researchers have finally succeeded in uniting these apparently incompatible characteristics in a single material. In terms of performance, our biomass plastics are superior to ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene), which is generally used as an interior finishing material. Moreover, they were certified by Japan's BioPlastics Association in June 2007 for reaching the target level of plant ingredients of more than 25 percent weight. In this accomplishment, we have taken the important first step in introducing products employing "green" plastics into the market.

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