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Sharp develops technology to apply plant-based resin paint made from corn

Sharp Electronics (Europe) GmbH : 10 January, 2007  (Technical Article)
For the first time in the world, Sharp Corporation and Kansai Paint Co., Ltd. (Head Office: Osaka, Japan; President: Shoju Kobayashi) have developed technology for painting the plastic parts of consumer electronics with plant-based resin paint made from corn.
For the first time in the world, Sharp Corporation and Kansai Paint Co., Ltd. (Head Office: Osaka, Japan; President: Shoju Kobayashi) have developed technology for painting the plastic parts of consumer electronics with plant-based resin paint made from corn.

Sharp and Kansai Paint have been developing plant-based resin paint with the aim of using it to coat products. The two companies have been working on fixation to materials and hardness of the paint film to improve durability, and on gloss and texture to improve quality and performance.

Compared to conventional paints that use petroleum and other fossil resources as their basic ingredient, plant-based resin paints can reduce global warming and thus environmental burden.

With the AQUOS, Sharp is serious about reducing environmental burden: the cabinet uses non-halogen resin, which has less environmental impact compared to conventional resin when the TV is disposed of; and a portion of the material in the stand is recycled resin. By putting this new resin paint to practical use, Sharp will make AQUOS products even more environmentally conscious.

This newly developed technology is being positioned as the second stage of biomass environmental technology, following technology for blending plant-based plastic and waste plastic. Sharp plans to apply this paint to more product types and will also work to come out with more consumer electronics that reduce environmental burden.

Main Features of Technology for the Application of Plant-Based Resin Paint 1. The companies successfully developed paint that uses cornstarch as the main raw material.
2. The development made the plant-based resin paint good enough to be used for consumer electronics and solved previous problems with durability and quality.
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