June 14, 2005
Japanese mobile phones to get corny -- and eco-friendly
Japanese firms NEC and Unitika have developed a plastic made of corn for mobile telephone bodies, meaning users who choose to get a more high-tech gadget need not fear polluting the environment, reports BakuToday.net.
"The computer giant and the major textile maker said they had already produced mobile phone samples with the new material, which is 90 percent plant-based, and aim to sell them by June next year.
This new material is tough enough to be used for mobile phone bodies, which require considerable strength and heat resistance.
The two companies plan to mass-produce the material within a year for shipments of mobile phones to be produced by NEC, the spokesman said."
Last April, NTT DoCoMo and Sony Ericsson announced their were experimenting with plastics created from plants for mobile phones. "The plastic is created from the starch and sugars of corn and potatoes, which is then fermented with lactic-acid bacilli."
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