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Designing, developing and manufacturing polymers and
specialist synthetic resins
“The Green future of advanced resin chemi...
• About our company
• Bitrez Limited, established in 1983.
• UK SME, privately owned, 100 employees.
• 2 sites based in St...
Designing, developing and manufacturing polymers and
specialist synthetic resins
What are the key market demands for Therm...
Green and Sustainable Pharmacy (K. Kummerer / M. Hempel, 2010)CONFIDENTIAL COMPANY OVERVIEW
How has nature provided inspir...
CONFIDENTIAL COMPANY OVERVIEW
“The greatest threat
to our planet is the
belief that someone
else will save it.”
– Robert S...
CONFIDENTIAL COMPANY OVERVIEW Green and Sustainable Pharmacy (K. Kummerer / M. Hempel, 2010)
Platform Molecules to replace Base Chemicals
CONFIDENTIAL COMPANY OVERVIEW Green and Sustainable Pharmacy (K. Kummerer / M...
anacarda specialises in the manufacture of polymers derived from cashew
nutshell liquid (CNSL)
• There are three different...
Bio derived Epoxy resins are now being used in composites & adhesives
• Two major materials in the production of Epoxy res...
Sugar beet derived PFA resins are starting to replace
conventional Phenolic resins in numerous applications
• Phenolic res...
CONFIDENTIAL COMPANY OVERVIEW
Each market sector has different requirements and so the choice of
materials to meet their s...
CONFIDENTIAL COMPANY OVERVIEW
To meet the 2030 goal of “National Bio-economy
Strategy”, we need to innovate and collaborat...
Thank you for your attention !
• Dominic Hopwood (Resin Sales Manager)
• dominic.hopwood@bitrez.co.uk
• 07341 885 244
• ht...
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The Nature of Design: The green future of advanced resin chemistry - Dominic Hopwood, Bitrez Limited

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The Knowledge Transfer Network is building a new UK network, showcasing the benefits of new product development design teams inspired by nature. This event showcase how biomimicry and nature inspired solutions are being used in established innovation processes from a section of innovative companies and it’s an opportunity to learn about how to implement and benefit from Nature Inspired Solutions.

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In the past Biomimicry or Biomimetics started from simple imitation of natural organisms. Over time, it has evolved through integration and combination with modern science and engineering to help us discover new materials, ways of combining nano/microstructures, applications, and alternative ways of production and process design thinking leading to nature inspired or bio inspired engineering. Rather than imitating the whole plant, animal or biological process, nature-inspired solutions aim to uncover the underlying mechanisms and apply them in the design of new products, processes or systems in a structured way.

This Nature Inspired Solutions Special Interest Group (NIS SIG) aims to convene and grow the nature inspired solution community and accelerate innovation through cross-sector collaborations.


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The Nature of Design: The green future of advanced resin chemistry - Dominic Hopwood, Bitrez Limited

  1. 1. Designing, developing and manufacturing polymers and specialist synthetic resins “The Green future of advanced resin chemistry” KTN - The Nature of Design (Birmingham) 10th October, 2019 Dominic Hopwood Bitrez Limited
  2. 2. • About our company • Bitrez Limited, established in 1983. • UK SME, privately owned, 100 employees. • 2 sites based in Standish and Pemberton, both near Wigan, UK • Developer / Manufacturer of high performance synthetic resins and formulated systems for: • Coatings • Composites • Adhesives • Insulation • Thermoset & Bio based chemistries. • Industries served include Automotive, Aerospace, Defence, Marine, Rail, Packaging & Energy • In-house R&D laboratory formulating unique, innovative technologies • Pilot plant scale up • 50,000 MT annual capacity / Toll processing Designing, developing and manufacturing polymers and specialist synthetic resins CONFIDENTIAL COMPANY OVERVIEW
  3. 3. Designing, developing and manufacturing polymers and specialist synthetic resins What are the key market demands for Thermoset resins ? High / Low temperature resistance Flame retardancy Toughness / Strength Self-healing / Repairable Multifunctional Low cost Sustainable REACH compliant CONFIDENTIAL COMPANY OVERVIEW
  4. 4. Green and Sustainable Pharmacy (K. Kummerer / M. Hempel, 2010)CONFIDENTIAL COMPANY OVERVIEW How has nature provided inspiration ?
  5. 5. CONFIDENTIAL COMPANY OVERVIEW “The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.” – Robert Swan, OBE (Explorer / Author)
  6. 6. CONFIDENTIAL COMPANY OVERVIEW Green and Sustainable Pharmacy (K. Kummerer / M. Hempel, 2010)
  7. 7. Platform Molecules to replace Base Chemicals CONFIDENTIAL COMPANY OVERVIEW Green and Sustainable Pharmacy (K. Kummerer / M. Hempel, 2010) Bitrez, together with sister business Anacarda, is investing in the development and manufacture of novel chemistries from bio waste such as cashew nut shell oil, sugar beet and other plant based oils and fatty acids to replace / replicate traditional fossil fuel derived chemicals to meet the growing demands for a more sustainable supply chain
  8. 8. anacarda specialises in the manufacture of polymers derived from cashew nutshell liquid (CNSL) • There are three different methods generally used in extracting cashew nutshell liquid from cashew nuts, namely mechanical, roasting and solvent extraction • The cashew nutshell provides a tough, waterproof outer case, protecting the nut from harsh environments. This same philosophy has inspired our product development of our Phenalkamine curing agents. • The products are used with epoxy resins in the formulation of toughened, hydrophobic coating systems for a variety of global industries including marine, transport, civil engineering, construction and coatings Designing, developing and manufacturing polymers and specialist synthetic resins Cardamine: Phenalkamine Epoxy Curing Agents CONFIDENTIAL COMPANY OVERVIEW
  9. 9. Bio derived Epoxy resins are now being used in composites & adhesives • Two major materials in the production of Epoxy resins are Bisphenol A and Epichlorohydrin. • Glycerol (a by-product of Bio-diesel production) can be a bio- source for Epichlorohydrin. • Glucose, sorbitol and isosorbide respectively can be bio-based precursor for Bisphenol-A. Designing, developing and manufacturing polymers and specialist synthetic resins Bio-based Epoxy resins CONFIDENTIAL COMPANY OVERVIEW
  10. 10. Sugar beet derived PFA resins are starting to replace conventional Phenolic resins in numerous applications • Phenolic resins are synthetic polymers obtained by the reaction of phenol or substituted phenol with formaldehyde • PFA (Polyfurfuryl Alcohol) is a thermosetting bio-resin derived from crop waste and is similar to a Phenolic resin but with lower VOC emissions. • In addition to its environmental credentials, PFA has fire retardant properties equivalent to Phenolic, plus excellent temperature and chemical resistance. Designing, developing and manufacturing polymers and specialist synthetic resins Bio-equivalent Phenolic resins CONFIDENTIAL COMPANY OVERVIEW
  11. 11. CONFIDENTIAL COMPANY OVERVIEW Each market sector has different requirements and so the choice of materials to meet their sustainability challenges also differ: • Understanding of where bio-based materials add value – which offer the best properties and performance by sector ? • Mapping the end user material properties to potential sustainable feedstocks – biomass already contains many polymers (e.g. Lignin, Cellulose, Starch, Protein). • Turning biomass into platform molecules, which in turn become bio-based chemicals – developing the process, especially collection of waste • Development of repeatable, high quality yet cost effective processes – feedstocks through to manufacturing at scale. Designing, developing and manufacturing polymers and specialist synthetic resins What are the future challenges for “Green” chemistry ?
  12. 12. CONFIDENTIAL COMPANY OVERVIEW To meet the 2030 goal of “National Bio-economy Strategy”, we need to innovate and collaborate now.
  13. 13. Thank you for your attention ! • Dominic Hopwood (Resin Sales Manager) • dominic.hopwood@bitrez.co.uk • 07341 885 244 • http://www.bitrez.com @Bitrez_Ltd BITREZ GROUP LIMITED Bradley Hall Trading Estate Bradley Lane Standish Wigan WN6 0XQ Designing, developing and manufacturing polymers and specialist synthetic resins

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