Electronic goods manufacturer, Sony in conjunction with Mitsubishi Plastics have developed a new polymer based on corn-based polylactide. The new plastic is both environmentally friendly and non-flammable.
Furthermore, the corn-based polymer is claimed to be as strong as ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene).
Sony plan to use the new material for the manufacture of front panels for some of their range of electronic goods such as DVD players which will be available in the third quarter of this year. They also believe that the new plastic material will find other uses in other industries.