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Die drawing of polymers more durable than wood

Published: Tue 21 Jan 2014

Research into die drawing of polymers at Bradford has resulted in a new building material that is stronger and more durable than wood.

The material has also resulted in new bioresorbable shape-memory polymers for use in medical implants that reduce patient trauma and costs. The wood replacement material is commercialised by the United Forest Products/Dow USA 2010 spin out company Eovations LLC for use in a range of construction applications; the bioresorbable shape-memory polymers have recently been patented (4 patents filed) by Smith & Nephew for use in soft tissue fixations. These impacts form part of a range of exploitations of our oriented polymer technology.

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