Bio plastics are not inevitably ‘green’ compared to metals and fossil fuel plastics. Materials and processing can be expensive, polluting and energy intensive. Plastics, and bio plastics specifically, problems include delamination, hydrophilic bonding, weak fibre/matrix bonds, osmosis, UV degradation and sudden catastrophic failure. These problems are soluble and current work confronts the challenges and creates solutions.

The materials and processing technology is available, but this initiative is a significant commercial step forward for the bioplastics industry. This contrasts with petro-chemical composites that have come of age in the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and Airbus A350, 50 years of use in motorsport, 30 years in military aircraft, and a century of general industrial and consumer use.

The global motorcycle market is expanding. In the UK, the motorcycle market is  worth £2B annually.  There were 10,000 UK adventure bike registrations in  2011, a third from BMW and Triumph.  There is  plenty of scope  for our initiative, selling bikes and developing bio plastic products.

Our business and technology inspiration began with this: low cost personal transport for the global south, a driver of economic development and political and economic power for individuals, produced locally from local materials, renewable, low carbon, low pollution with scaleable production from semi skilled labour intensive to automated industrial scale, replacing dependance on smokestack, nineteenth century, steel and oil based, capital intensive, globalised and exploitative business. Bio composites will shift the industrial base from urban back to rural, allowing new economies to establish a lead over the dominant industrial nations, the Anglo Saxon hegemony and post colonial successors in India and elsewhere.

Management systems in this new industry will disperse power and control, developed from the established collaborative experience of German industrial management and the Toyota system of supplier relations, drawing too on local experience of land and resource management in small scale societies and social institutions in Africa, Central Asia and elsewhere, integrated with local and state government to generate democratic political institutions. The experience of personal mobility and work place democracy in our enterprise will inspire the wider society.