Biobent Polymers, a division of Univenture, Inc., was created to commercialize a revolutionary bio-composite polymer developed by Battelle. In its quest for sustainable and eco-friendly materials for use in its UniKeep™ and EnvyPak™ product lines, Univenture joined with Battelle and the Ohio Soybean Council in a program to develop advanced plastics that replaced the petroleum content with renewable, agricultural co-products. This project team went on to win a coveted R&D 100 Award, and their discovery is at the heart of Biobent Polymers.
The urgency for offsetting petroleum consumption is clear. Fast growing demand and a finite supply are reaching a tipping point. Society must shift to more efficient use of our non-renewable resources. This realization has, among other things, given a boost to bioplastics, which represent only a small fraction the overall plastics market but are growing at an accelerated pace. Unfortunately, to date replacing petroleum plastics with bioplastics has required sacrifices in performance and higher costs.
The new family of bio-composites is the first bioplastic without compromises. These revolutionary bioplastics replace up to 40% of petroleum content with an abundant agricultural co-product, and unlike other bio-composites maintain the properties of the base plastic. Furthermore, the use of unrefined soy meal (and other co-products) enables Biobent to offer bio-composite resins at prices comparable with pure petroleum plastics.
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R&D 100 Team from Battelle, Ohio Soybean Council and Univenture
Univenture has been designing and manufacturing converted and molded plastic products, including those made of bio-based plastics, since its founding in 1988. The company was listed on the Inc. Magazine 500 fastest growing privately held companies five times in the 1990s, and the Small Business Administration named founder, Ross O. Youngs, National Business Person of the Year in 1997. The dedicated focus of the Univenture team has resulted in numerous industry awards and accolades for its innovation, commitment to customers, and sales growth.
As the world’s largest, independent research and development organization, Battelle provides innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing needs through its four global businesses: Laboratory Management, National Security, Energy Technology, and Health and Life Sciences. It advances scientific discovery and application by conducting contract research, laboratory management and technology commercialization. Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Battelle has staff in offices worldwide, including seven national laboratories which Battelle manages or co-manages for the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and a nuclear energy lab in the United Kingdom. Battelle also is one of the nation’s leading charitable trusts focusing on societal and economic impact and actively supporting and promoting science and math education.