Moorim participates in the exposition, “Nano Korea 2021”
Moorim participated in the exposition Nano Korea 2021 held from the 7th to the 9th of July at KINTEX, Ilsan, Korea to showcase the next generation of environment-friendly materials including ‘nano-cellulose’ materials, confirming its status as a company that encompasses businesses in pulp, paper-manufacturing and new materials. ▲ Visitors to the booth of Moorim are taking a look at the various everyday items made of new materials developed by Moorim.
▲ Nano-cellulose fiber (CNF) extracted from pulp Nano-cellulose is created by breaking the cellulose fiber extracted from pulp into a size of mere nanometers (or one billionth of a meter). While its mass is only one fifth of that of steel, its strength is five times greater. With high thermal stability and hydrophilic features, the material is expected to have a wide range of applications including in the automobile and chemical industries. Moorim P&P is the only Korean company that produces pulp. The company has the original technology for manufacturing nano-cellulose using fresh pulp in lieu of dried pulp, securing competitiveness in both quality and costs. At the recent Nano Korea 2021 exposition, Moorim P&P has unveiled a wide range of product prototypes with many applications leveraging the key characteristics of nano-cellulose. Such products include skincare products that make the most of nano-cellulose’s high viscosity and hydrating feature, drugs with barriers that block out oxygen or moisture, food packaging materials and materials used for the interior of automobiles that can replace plastic thanks to their superior strength.
▲ Moorim’s molded products made of pulp One of the things that drew particular attention was the molded products using pulp. These include plates, bento boxes, take-away cups and lids that are lauded as environment-friendly and hygienic options within the food container market. The molded products made of natural pulp by Moorim are not coated with PE, making them not only free from hormones that would disrupt the endocrine system of the human body, but also more conducive to recycling. Because they are made of pulp, they are also biodegradable. The strong resistance to water and oil allows the material to be used for hygienic keeping of food. The containers made of the material can stand temperatures as low as 40 degrees Celsius below zero, but also can be used in microwaves. Moorim P&P has plans to establish some of the largest facilities in Korea dedicated to the production of pulp molds during the second half of 2021. This will allow the company to become one of the few in Korea to produce pulp in-house, that can then be used to supply pulp molds of greater hygiene and strength.
▲ Pulp mannequins, pulp clothes hangers and biodegradable plastic products Other items that were showcased include wooden plastic made of pulp, wooden materials or sawdust, as well as biodegradable plastic products. These materials are used to replace existing plastic in a wide range of areas, such as in clothes hangers, toothbrushes, containers for skincare products and pots used for plants. A representative of Moorim has noted that the booth was designed based on a concept of an environment-friendly eco-shop to promote the company’s commitment to becoming a company specializing in environment-friendly new materials that bring new value to daily life, and taking the lead in raising awareness on sustainability.