URBANA, IL -- Corn Board Manufacturing Inc. (CBMI), and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Illinois) have entered into a license agreement under which CBMI will utilize a corn-based structural composite technology initially developed by Illinois' inventors, Dr. Nancy Sottos, Dr. Scott White and Dr. Thomas Mackin. CBMI's primary product is labeled CornBoard™. The board is produced from parts of the corn plant that is normally thrown out or left to disintegrate.
In contrast to traditional particle board, plywood, or medium-density fiberboard, CornBoard developed at CBMI will be repurposing an underutilized biomass material. For every acre of corn grown, (over 86 million acres are grown annually in the U.S), over 4,000 pounds of corn stover is left in the field. Appropriating this biomass material into new and innovative products is an efficient and environmentally conscious means of stewardship.
CornBoard is a green technology in that it traps CO2. Typically, when biomass is left to decompose in the field, the CO2 previously captured and consumed by the growing plant is released back into the atmosphere. Conversely, when the corn stover is made into CornBoard, the CO2 is "trapped" in the material. Sequestering CO2 in CornBoard alleviates the contribution of the decomposing biomass towards an increase of CO2 in the atmosphere.
CornBoard also provides an alternative to wood products, thereby reducing the demand on a less renewable resource. According to CBMI, just 2 acres of leftover corn stover biomass would produce enough CornBoard to build a two story house supplying the roof decking, flooring, and outer wall sheathing. CBMI uses a non-toxic resin binder in CornBoard production. This method is a safer and more environmentally conscious choice than a traditional formaldehyde-base binder.
CBMI can produce CornBoard in varying densities, allowing for a variety of applications. Due to this flexibility, CornBoard is not limited to being a wood composite board replacement, but is also being developed into a variety of products including home and lawn furniture, kitchen cabinets, door cores, and even a full line of longboards.
CBMI is introducing the Zea Home Outdoor Furniture Collection, a line of outdoor furniture made from 100% CornBoard. The first item to be released is an Adirondack chair, an easily assembled piece requiring no fasteners or adhesives.
About the University of Illinois
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a world-class research institution boasting a respected faculty, high national rankings, and state-of-the art facilities. The University's accomplishments include 22 Nobel Laureates among its faculty and alumni and such revolutionary innovations as the Web browser, new plant varieties, and self-healing polymer.
About Corn Board Manufacturing Inc.
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The Corn Board Manufacturing Inc was founded in McKinney, Texas in 2009 by CEO Lane Segerstrom. CBMI has the technology to convert corn stover biomass into a green alternative to wood, helping to promote environmental consciousness and sustainability in rural America.