New Polypropylene Resin Made from Bamboo

Three Japanese companies - Chuetsu Pulp & Paper, Lion Idemitsu Composites, and Sanko Shokai - jointly invented a new polypropylene resin composite material derived from bamboo.

In detail, it's a composite material with nanocrystalline cellulose made from bamboo, and it's ideal for use in weight-saving components for things like cars. Nanocrystalline cellulose is a fiber with a weight only one-fifth that of steel but is 5 times stronger, and it has almost no thermic stretch.

In addition, bamboo grows quickly, is readily available, and inexpensive to harvest.

The trio unveiled their development on January 26. They have since been overwhelmed with inquiries from various of industries and are now considering how to initiate shipping samples.