TECNARO is a producer of high-quality thermoplastics from renewable resources. The raw material is lignin, which is second only to cellulose as the most abundant natural polymer. Lignin is a by-product of the pulp industry and the volume arising worldwide is about 50 million tonnes per year.
Mixing lignin with natural fibres (flax, hemp or other fibre plants) and some natural additive produces a fibre composite that can be processed at raised temperatures and, just like a synthetic thermoplastic material, can be made into mouldings, plates or slabs on conventional plastics processing machines. So this allows products such as computer, television or mobile phone casings to be made from "wood". These granules made from biorenewable materials are named ARBOFORM® (arbor, Latin = the tree).