Jiva and Eco-Technilin have created Soluboard ®, a revolutionary bio-composite material manufactured with Eco-Technilin’s FlaxTape™. Soluboard® is designed to redefine the way that we manufacture PCBs.
– A direct replacement for FR-4 with the same price and improved sustainability
– A decrease in impacts from Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment (WEEE)
– A decreased carbon footprint generated by electronic and electrical products
– Increased yields of precious metal recovery from PCB recycling
Improved incentives for electronics manufacturers to internalize recycling
Currently, the substrate used in the Printed Circuit Board industry is constructed using epoxy resin and fibreglass; this means that the only method of recycling PCBs involves shredding them down and incinerating them in order to extract the precious metals used in these boards.
This is a very inefficient process with substantial loss of these metals during reprocessing as well as releasing toxins such as cyanide, mercury, and dioxins into the environment.
Currently patent pending, Soluboard ® is intended to replace the current standard material used within the industry (FR-4). It is a competitively priced, entirely- biodegradable material that can rival the outdated fibreglass and epoxy alternative.
The primary ingredient in the composite material is Eco- Technilin’s FlaxTape™. It is a patented tape consisting of unidirectional flax fibres with a lower density than alternative carbon and glass-based fibres. The unidirectional orientation of the flax fibres within FlaxTape™ means they can be efficiently arranged to form the multilayer bio-composite structure of Soluboard®, giving the material strong mechanical properties. FlaxTape™ is also ideal for manufacturing lightweight products with improved mechanical properties and a lower environmental impact.
With nearly 45 million Tonnes produced last year, electronic waste is now the fastest growing waste stream in the world. Dissolving a circuit board made from Soluboard® allows for 90% of its components to be reclaimed and then either repurposed or recycled in an overall much more efficient process.
Associated Partners : Eco-Technilin SAS (France)
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