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Thursday, January 23, 2014
Mitsubishi Chemical Develops Bio-based Plastic For Automotive
Mitsubishi Chemical has developed a new grade of high-performance, high-transparency bio-based engineering
plastic called DURABIO, using plant-derived isosorbide as its
The new material features excellent optical properties and
high resistance to heat and humidity.
MCC will promote sales of DURABIO for use in touch panels on
automobiles, a sector where demand is expected to increase
Touch panels for automobiles are used mainly to control air
conditioning, audio, and car navigation systems. DURABIO
offers flexibility in design and can enhance the appearance of
In contrast to easily breakable glass, transparent plastics
such as impact-resistant polycarbonate, are used for the front
plate of automobile touch panels for safety purposes. The
disadvantage of polycarbonates, however, is distortion in
light transmission, which makes it difficult for users to see
the touch panel.
MCC's DURABIO features excellent optical properties, and
nearly eliminates distortion in light transmission, making it
easy to see the touch panel surface.