Fujitsu is to use biodegradable plant-based materials, rather than polystyrene, for the manufacture of embossed carrier tape, which is used to pack large-scale integrated circuit chips (LSIs) for shipping on reels.
The plant-based embossed carrier tape is manufactured using polylactic acid derived from corn. The tape is eco-friendly in that, in addition to being biodegradable, it does not produce toxic emissions when incinerated.
Fujitsu had been employing this biodegradable plant-based embossed carrier tape for approximately 20% of its total production of embossed carrier tape, but from this month, it will be used for all of the LSI products it offers.
Because the polylactic acid used in the embossed carrier tape is plant-based, Fujitsu says that the energy required for resin production can be reduced by approximately 18%.