WPC with 20 % annual growth

image[3]Plastics with natural fiber additives are booming worldwide. Decking profiles in WPC now have annual growth rates of around 20 percent and are among the biggest expansion segments in the plastics industry. The decisive factors apart from sustainability (due to the high proportion of renewable raw materials) are above all the technical advantages this material offers. The construction industry in particular is finding constant new applications for it. Gruber Extrusion (Pettenbach, Austria) claims to be the leader in the development of new and innovative products in this field.

WPC/BPC solutions

“We are expecting to see even further growth for WPC products soon. The incredible diversity and extension of the product range – such as the innovative housing systems or wall paneling – give this material enormous potential”, Richard Füsslberger, CEO of Gruber Extrusion said. The Upper Austrian extrusion experts see themselves primarily as contact partners for new WPC (Wood Plastic Composite) / BPC (Bio Plastic Composite) solutions. The so-called “biobased materials” (natural fiber composite materials) are ever-more important in a wide range of industries and not only because of their resource-saving sustainability. The decisive factor is above all in the technical advantages these materials offer. The modern and environmentally friendly material is – depending on the formula – tougher and longer-lasting than wood.  The product properties – no pre-treatment or painting needed, slip resistant, splinter and crack free, easy to care for – mean WPC products are predestined to take over outdoor tasks. Additional advantages compared with timber include much lower lifetime costs and the possibility for using recycled materials in WPC products. Continuous further development such as the combination of in-line process foamed WPC profiles, down to the use of WPC for pencils is bringing constant expansion to the range of applications.