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June 3, 2015
Mitsubishi Chemical, Suzuki Jointly Develop New Grade of DURABIO™
Bio-based Engineering Plastic for Interior Color Panels of New Alto Lapin
Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation

Interior color panels (indicated with arrows), made of a new grade of DURABIO™ used in Suzuki’s new Alto Lapin X grade. New Alto Lapin
Interior color panels (indicated with arrows),
made of a new grade of DURABIO™
used in Suzuki’s new Alto Lapin X grade.

New Alto Lapin

Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation (MCC; Head office: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; President: Hiroaki Ishizuka) today announced that MCC and Suzuki Motor Corporation (Suzuki; Head office: Hamamatsu-shi, Shizuoka; Chairman & CEO: Osamu Suzuki) have jointly developed a new grade of bio-based engineering plastic called DURABIO™, which was used (*) in the interior resin color panels of Suzuki’s new Alto Lapin.
DURABIO™, developed by MCC, is a bio-based engineering plastic made from plant-derived isosorbide. It features excellent performance as it offers higher resistance to impact, heat, and weather than conventional engineering plastics. Additional benefits include ease of coloring – DURABIO™ can be simply mixed with pigment to create glossy, high reflective surfaces – as well its hardness, enhancing durability and scratch resistance. These advantages eliminate the need for a coating process, thereby reducing emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from paints. DURABIO™ is also the world’s first bio-based engineering plastic to offer bacteria-shedding performance. Simply rinsing or wiping the surface with water removes virtually all traces of bacteria.
In 2013, MCC-developed DURABIO™ marked a world first when the bio-based engineering plastic was used in the interior color panels of the Suzuki Hustler. Recognizing the material’s excellent performance, Suzuki began focusing DURABIO in its development of coloring materials for automotive components, pursuing improvements in both performance and texture. MCC and Suzuki have now succeeded in developing a new grade of DURABIO that offers even greater resistance to impact and heat and lower-density (lighter weight) compared to conventional bio-based engineering plastics, thanks to polymer alloy technology. At the same time, the new grade of DURABIO maintains the earlier advantages, such as high resistance to scratching and weather, as well as bacteria shedding.
MCC and Suzuki are committed to ongoing joint development aimed at producing eco-friendly, high-value-added vehicles.
(*) Used in the new Alto Lapin X and S grades

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