RheTech, Inc., a thermoplastics compounder, has launched a new product line of biocomposite materials. Called RheVision, the proprietary product is a sustainable alternative to traditional mineral- or glass-reinforced polypropylene.

RheVision uses bio-fibers from waste materials (initially wood fiber, rice hulls and flax fiber) to produce materials that have a wide range of application in automotive, consumer and construction markets.

RheVision was developed to address the growing demand from customers and consumers for more sustainable materials. This new biocomposite product line balances performance, competitive economics and environmental benefits. RheVision products have a substantially lower carbon footprint than traditional reinforced polypropylenes and, in addition to savings in landfill cost and space, are lighter weight than traditional reinforced polypropylene compounds. They are easily moldable and extrudable with standard equipment and can easily be colored with standard colorants.

—Andrew Hopkins, executive vice president, RheTech

Future RheVision products are under development, utilizing other natural reinforcements and incorporating significant levels of post-consumer recycled material. RheVision technology was developed at the corporation’s Technical and Application Center in Whitmore Lake, Mich.