TECNIQ & SYNBRA Introduce The First Truly Bio-based Alternative To Traditional Surfboard Foam2-10-2013
“Surfboards have been overwhelmingly made out of petroleum products since the
1950’s,” says Rob Falken, TECNIQ’s Managing Director. “We’ve worked really hard to
create an alternative that doesn’t compromise performance and that delivers tried–and–
true characteristics for surfers, shapers, and glassers alike,” he continued.
The foam is produced in a patented process that utilizes converted locally abundant
sugarcane biomass (certified GMO-free) provided by Corbion Purac that is polymerized
by Synbra Technology BV and expanded into rigid foam by Synprodo BV. “For me, the
best parts are that the foam is created entirely from a renewable resource and that
dangerous chemicals are not used in production. This means the foam is drastically less
toxic for the surfboard craftsmen during shaping” stated Falken.
Holding their companies to an examined approach, TECNIQ and SYNBRA will have full
transparency in the life cycle of the surfboard foam. An independent Life Cycle
Assessment (LCA) has already been secured, as have certificates of validation including
decomposition, compostability, bio-based content, GMO-free, and Cradle to Cradle. In
addition to the environmental claims validations, the foam boasts the ultra-eco use of
benign CO2 as the sole blowing agent in the expansion process.
The brand name for this new surfboard foam technology is BIÓM™ (pronounced BYohm).
The first manufacturing site will be located in the Netherlands with production
commencing in the third quarter of 2014. There are plans to develop US manufacturing
in late 2014 or early 2015. In addition to surfboard foam, BIÓM™ will find use in stand up
paddleboards, wakeboards, skimboards, kiteboards, and other types of watercraft. For
more information please go to www.biomblanks.com.
About TECNIQ LLC:
Based in the San Diego, California, TECNIQ is a product development consortium with a
specialty in intellectual property creation. The company develops environmentally
conscious products and IP that disrupt the status quo.
About Synbra BV, Synprodo BV, and Synbra Technology BV:
Synprodo and Synbra Technology are part of the Synbra group. Synbra has a leading
position in Europe regarding Expandable Polystyrene (EPS) for Sustainable Insulation
Systems and Industrial Products & Solutions for a wide diversity of markets. Synbra
Technology BV in Etten-Leur, The Netherlands, is the in-house polymerisation and R&D
facility ‘Technology & Innovation’ and the centre of excellence in materials and product
development. Synprodo BV, in Wijchen, The Netherlands, is active in the development,
marketing and production of engineered moulded products used in the field of heating
and ventilation, horticulture and protective packaging of food and pharmaceutical
products. Its designed products offer an added value compared to traditional designs.
Recent examples of the Synbra group’s innovations are Xire®, an incombustible
insulation material, DMAS electromagnetic absorbers and BioFoam®, the world’s first
C2CCM certified biobased foam.
Synbra achieves a turnover of € 300 Million with about 1300 employees in The
Netherlands, Germany, France, Denmark, the United Kingdom and Portugal.