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Toray Plastics: Company Announces Breakthrough in Bio-Based Film for Solar Control Window Film Applications
North Kingstown, R.I. — Feb. 17, 2016 — Toray Plastics (America), Inc., the only American manufacturer of polypropylene, polyester, metallized, and bio-based films, has developed a bio-based, bi-axially oriented polyester (BOPET) film for use in the manufacture of solar control window films for commercial and residential applications.
New Lumirror-brand BioView PET film is manufactured with Toray’s proprietary sustainable resin blends, which are made with about 30 percent renewable feedstock.
The BioView bio-based PET film’s performance is equal to that of traditional solar window films during solar film manufacturing, installation, and use in technically demanding applications that require exceptional optical clarity.
Toray Plastics is a manufacturer of traditional films, made with or without UV protection, used for solar window film applications. The company has been on the leading edge of bio-based resin technology and plans to produce polyester film to be used in the manufacture of solar control window film that is made entirely of sustainable feedstock.
“This is a very exciting development for window film technology and for the commercial and residential building markets,” said Milan Moscaritolo, senior sales and marketing director, Lumirror Division. “The construction industry continues to look for innovative ways to help developers reduce energy costs. Creating a film that lessens the impact on the environment, without sacrificing solar protection performance, was the natural next step in the evolution of the technology. The BioView film represents a perfect marriage between an environment-friendly film and an energy-saving application.”
Moscaritolo also reported that in 2014, when Toray installed the finished bio-based solar window film at office and manufacturing plant locations on its 70-acre campus in North Kingstown, R.I., the installation was seamless and the film’s performance has been excellent. He noted that Toray’s use of bio-based solar window film is another component of the company’s multi-faceted sustainability program.
New BioView bio-based film is a multi-layer structure with surface and optical qualities that are strictly controlled by Toray’s proprietary co-extrusion technology. It is notable for its very low haze, excellent handling and processing characteristics, and high scratch resistance.