MARDI TO COMMERCIALISE POLYMER COMPOSITE FROM KENAF

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SERDANG, May 20 (Bernama) -- After six years of research, the Malaysian

Agricultural Research and Development Institute (Mardi) has succeeded in

developing Kenaf Polymer Composite (KPC) as a sustainable green material for

buildings and industrial applications.

Kenaf application is an alternative for wood-based application. Since it is

a short term fibre crop, no forest will be cut for use as timber, thus

preventing the degradation of natural resources.

Mardi director-general Datuk Dr Abd Shukor Abd Rahman said KPC products are

durable and more eco friendly.

"The products have also undergone very stringent durability tests. It has

also been sent for testing by the European Union (EU) TÜV Rheinland in Singapore

and certified," he told reporters after witnessing the signing of a Memorandum

of Understanding with KPC Manufacturing Sdn Bhd in Mardi, here today.

Abd Shukor said with the success, Kenaf planting would become a more

lucrative venture for farmers.

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MARDI-KENAF 2 (LAST) SERDANG

Combining kenaf fiber with other resources provides a strategy for producing

advanced composite materials that take advantage of the properties of both types

of resources.

It allows us to design materials based on end-use requirements within a

framework of cost, recyclability and environmental. Kenaf fiber is outstanding

reinforcing filler in thermo-plastic composites.

High quality profiles had been produced using various components of kenaf

materials and plastic resins. Kenaf is an environmental friendly crop which can

be grown throughout the year in the tropics.

The plants are harvested between 4-5 months. Hence KPC is made from

renewable raw material which could be recycled and saving the forest.

Abd Shukor said the product has a vast potential and market, estimated at

RM3 billion.

He said based on the Kenaf and Tobacco Board report, the global composite

for wood based products was estimated at a whopping USD280 billion with Malaysia

expected to produce between seven to 11 percent of the demand.

"The appointment of KPC Manufacturing as our partner to commercialize the

product was done after taking into consideration the company''s vast experience

in marketing. The company had also met our expectations and specifications," he

said.

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