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Perstorp investing in the dynamic plastic materials market

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perstop logo The Perstorp Group, a world leader in specialty chemicals, will be presenting four new products for the plastic materials market at K Fair, 2013. Considerable investments have been made to ensure we deliver new products that address key opportunities related to the use of plastics important to society today.

The power of plastics innovation is touching all of us in our daily lives and is addressing some of the most exciting and demanding challenges set by society and business today. Examples are safe and hygienic food packaging, durable as well as affordable and resource lean cars and electronics and home interiors.

Key issues related to plastics, such as safety, reduction of waste and sustainable chemical solutions are key innovation drivers for the Perstorp Group. The recent major strategic investments in new sustainable products for the plastics industry will help Perstorp meet its goal of being a top 3 player across 85% of its product portfolio by 2015.

“K Fair represents the perfect platform for us to launch, not one but four new products for the plastics industry. These products meet specific market demands, and our heavy investment here will significantly strengthen our global position within plastics chemistry and plastic applications”, Håkan Björnberg, Market Development Director, says.

Four new star products to be unveiled at K Fair
Each of these new products provides sustainable solutions for consumers. Perstorp has continued its historic trend of producing products through focused innovation that meet the challenges of the day. The four new products are being released under the Capa™, Charmor™, Pevalen™ and Akestra™ brand names.

Capa™ for bioplastics – this exciting product is a highly biodegradable plastic offering a more sustainable solution to a wide range of products. The caprolactone chemistry is established and its use as a key component in biodegradable plastics has increased significantly. Perstorp has invested in new capacity to meet the strong growth in bioplastics. Capa™ is the perfect blend for bioplastics as it improves mechanical properties as well as accelerating biodegradation of the biopolymers.

Charmor™ for intumescent systems in plastics – this halogen free product is a rich carbon source for phosphorous/nitrogen based systems and significantly reduces the release of smoke and heat in the event of a fire. Charmor™ also comes in a variant - Charmor™ PM40 Care - with a sharpened sustainability profile. Charmor™ is already a tried and tested solution for intumescent coatings, but is now also available for intumescent fire protection for plastics.

Pevalen™ non-phthalate plasticizer for sensitive applications – this new plasticizer is one of the results of Perstorp’s major investments in plasticizers in Sweden. It is perfect for close contact PVC applications, such as flooring, coated fabrics, plastisols, toys and molded parts. It also represents a complement and broadening of Perstorp’s plasticizer offer alongside Emoltene™ 100, which is primarily used for PVC cables and outdoors products.

Akestra™ a new thermoplastic material – as a result of a strategic partnership with Mitsubishi Gas Chemical, Perstorp is launching a new co-polyester alternative in Europe called Akestra™. This new generation of plastics with its unique properties makes it an important alternative to polycarbonate, polystyrene and glass. This co-polyester has properties like clarity, heat resistance & high melt strength that open up a wide range of design opportunities in packaging and durable applications.

“All these four exciting products address safety and sustainability to society today without compromising performance. The major investments we have made over the past 3 years are really bearing fruits now, with significant new products already in the pipeline to continue our strategy of serving the dynamic plastics market with new solutions”, Håkan Björnberg summarizes.

Source: Perstop

Biodegradable Plastic Water Bottles support First Lady's ‘Drink Up’ Campaign

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The biodegradable plastics used in all Alkame bottle water products will naturally biodegrade in just 1-3 years.

Alkame has teamed up with BioSphere Plastic to combine Alkame's patented ultimate hydration water technology with the world's best BPA-free and biodegradable plastic water bottle. Not only does the Alkame patented water formula allow for ultra-hydration, better health, and improved performance, but you can also rest assured that each and every Alkame plastic bottle is designed for minimal environmental impact."

 

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Alkame Water is incorporating the latest BioSphere Plastic technology into their water bottles making them environmentally friendly. Alkame's water bottles will not linger around for hundreds of years regardless of the disposal method.

Due to an exclusive BioSphere Plastic additive, the biodegradation process of the plastic has been greatly enhanced. Each Alkame water bottle contains a small amount of the natural and safe additive that dramatically changes the life cycle of the water bottle. When Alkame's water bottle is disposed of, whether in an aerobic or anaerobic environment, the additive attracts over 600 different types of microorganisms and encourages these microorganisms to secrete enzymes that break down the polymer chain allowing microbes to consume the plastic. The biodegradable BPA-free plastic bottles used by Alkame are both shelf stable and environmentally friendly.

BioSphere Plastic bottles actually have a positive net effect on the landfill waste system. As BioSphere bottles enter the landfill system and quickly and safely decompose, microorganisms create gases which are collected by a majority of active landfills around the United States to create energy. This energy is then used to offset the cost of landfill and to power commercial, industrial, and private homes and buildings. For additional information about BioSphere Plastic, visitwww.biosphereplastic.com.

Source: http://www.alkamewater.com/

First biodegradable bottle for drugstore and healthcare products

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The first biodegradable bottle for drugstore and healthcare products has been successfully developed through BIO P FARM project.
The Spanish companies ALMUPLAS, Talleres Rubla and Talleres Pena and AIMPLAS as technological partner, have developed a new biodegradable packaging with capacity between 150 and 500 ml intended to contain drugstore and pharmacy products such as gels, shampoos, creams and mouthwashes although according to researchers who have worked on the project could also be used in the food industry and some cleaning products.

 

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Nowadays, this type of packaging is only manufactured with high density polyethylene due to the requirements of the manufacturing process and the characteristics of the product. From now, biodegradable materials can be used in these packages, preserving the properties of the product contained, and adding value from the environmental point of view.
The bottles obtained in BIO P FARM, after use and under appropriate conditions, are decomposed into carbon dioxide, water, salts and biomass within 45 days and four months.

Advantages also for packaging manufacturers

 

But the project has not only been a success in extending biodegradable materials to new applications. BIO P FARM has also been a major innovation in the adaptation of the production process. The new packaging is not only easily processable in conventional equipment, but also the production process has been made even saving costs due to lower energy consumption. This is an important aspect in order to introduce this product into the market. Nowadays there are 1,300 blowing industry companies in Europe and the biodegradable packaging demand is expected to rise up to two million tonnes on the horizon 2018.

The P BIO FARM project has been funded by the CDTI and cofinanced by FEDER and had a duration of 24 months.

Soource: K-2013

Enhanced Binder System for Bioplastics

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Bioplastics represent promising, sustainable alternatives to petroleum-based products. They are widely manufactured from renewable materials and, ideally, are biodegradable. Until now, however, their widespread use was hindered by processing drawbacks compared to conventional thermoplastics.

 

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Using WACKER’s VINNEX®, a vinyl-acetate-based polymer binder system, manufacturers now have the capability to develop high-performance biopolymer blends. VINNEX® enables different biopolymer raw materials such as polylactic acid (PLA), polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA), polybutylene succinate (PBS), cellulose acetate (CA) and starch to be combined into a new class of customizable biopolymer blends with a wide array of properties. Depending on the composition, these blends have higher impact strengths, are more flexible or have a higher melting strength than conventional biopolymers while maintaining biodegradability. The blends can be processed on conventional equipment, and make injection molding, extrusion, vacuum forming, thermoforming and calendering much easier.

VINNEX® opens up an expanding range of applications for biopolymers: the binder enables highly transparent and noise-reduced PLA films that offer improved physical, film-sealing, and shrinking properties, e.g. for packaging applications. In addition, VINNEX® enables thermoforming of bioplastics intended for hot filling applications and increases the adhesion of PLA to paper. Thus, the new binder could soon serve as a raw material for coffee cups, soup containers and cutlery. Most VINNEX® grades can be used in food contact applications. The new blends can also be processed into brochures, parts for electronic appliances or self-degradable gardening and agricultural containers. Experts estimate that bioplastics could replace up to 90 percent of all conventional plastics in the future.

Source: K-online

New biodegradable film developed by basque researchers

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The research group BIOMAT from the UPV / EHU Polytechnic School of San Sebastian in Spain has developed an innovative film hundred percent biodegradable , compostable and heat sealable from agroindustrial byproducts .


As reported from the Universidad del País Vasco / EHU ( UPV / EHU ) study results were published in the Journal of Cleaner Production.


Also explained that vegetable proteins are abundant renewable raw materials , easily obtainable and potential agro-products properties for applications in the field of packaging for their ability to form films with good barrier properties in dry conditions.


Also, being biodegradable , offer significant advantages in terms of environmental and economic . Therefore, taking into account these characteristics , BIOMAT research group of the UPV / EHU has produced a groundbreaking film for food packaging that can replace conventional films based on non-renewable resources hundred percent biodegradable / compostable .

 
In this sense, underlined that this new biofilm improves the properties of the current commercial film , especially with regard to transparency and barrier properties to oxygen and ultraviolet light. Another outstanding properties of the biofilm is its excellent adhesion to different surfaces.
Biofilm  developed by the BIOMAT group can be heat sealed to surfaces considered " difficult" for the packaging industry , as is the case of polyethylene terephthalate ( PET). The mechanical properties of manufactured biofilm are kept at low temperatures ( -20 ° C) , not transformed into a stiff and brittle film as with some conventional films .


The researcher of the  BIOMAT Group at the UPV / EHU , Pedro Guerrero , has indicated that in recent years to reduce dependence on fossil fuel based plastics has become a target "fundamental " both legislatively and socially.

In this search for alternative materials that respect the environment, both in the manufacturing process and after their useful life , the research of this group have focused on the development of biodegradable and compostable materials through enhancement of industrial products and analysis of environmental burdens associated with a product's life cycle from raw material extraction to disposal of materials after use.


Source: Ecodiario (translated from the original in Spanish)

Biome Bioplastics builds biosciences skill base

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biome logo A Knowledge Transfer Partnership with the University of Warwick will accelerate the commercialisation and scope of the company’s industrial biotechnology research.

As a leading developer of natural plastics, Biome Bioplastics is conducting pioneering research in the field of industrial biotechnology aimed at significantly improving the costs, functionality and performance of bio-based polymers.

Earlier this year, the company was awarded a £150,000 research grant by the UK’s innovation agency, the Technology Strategy Board, to investigate bio-based alternatives for the oil derived organic chemicals used in the manufacture of bioplastics.

This research is being undertaken in conjunction with the University of Warwick’s Centre for Industrial Biotechnology and Biorefining and is focused on the feasibility of deriving these chemicals from lignin, a waste product of the pulp and paper industry.

Biome Bioplastics has now secured a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with the University of Warwick to broaden this work. The KTP project is supported by £164,000 of funding from the government-backed Technology Strategy Board and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). It will fund a Postdoctoral Associate’s work, to ensure that knowledge and expertise of lignin degradation are effectively transferred to the company. This project has a total budget of £244,000.

“The KTP project is an important part of extending our competence in the biosciences field and will help to ensure the effective exploitation of the technology we are developing”, explains Biome Bioplastics CEO Paul Mines. “The Associate’s work will complement our research projects, allowing us to apply the technology to a broader range of lignin-degrading bacteria and help drive the results through to commercialisation”.

Tim Bugg, Director of the University of Warwick’s Centre for Industrial Biotechnology and Biorefining commented: “It is crucial that pioneering academic work in the field of biotechnology is quickly and effectively embedded into industry. The KTP project with Biome Bioplastics is a great example of how business and academia can work together to propel this revolution.”

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) support UK businesses wanting to improve their competitiveness, productivity and performance by accessing the knowledge and expertise available within UK Universities and Colleges.

Expanded Testing Capacity for Compostable Products in Thailand

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 image On Sunday,  8 September 2013, representatives of DIN CERTCO handed out the certificate of recognition to the „National Metal and Materials Technology Centre“(MTEC). MTEC is now recognized as a testing laboratory in the field of biodegradable and compostable products. Thailand’s Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Phiraphan Phalusuk, and his delegation members attented the event in the Royal Thai Embassy in Berlin, Germany, as well.

From now on, potential customers in the south-east-Asian market can directly refer to the qualified and third-party approved local testing laboratory MTEC. The laboratory covers the quality requirements of DIN CERTCO certification schemes for industrially compostable products and is the first in South-East Asia.

Mr. Zorn, Managing Director of DIN CERTCO, gave an overview of DIN CERTCO’s activities in Thailand: “Since 2007, DIN CERTCO is working in Thailand to strengthen the importance of biodegradable materials in the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. The first laboratory audit of MTEC took place in 2012. After minor improvements the assessment process of recognition was finished with positive result in 2013.”

Executive Director of MTEC, Dr. Udomkichdecha, expressed his gratitude to DIN CERTCO for the constructive collaboration before, during and after the audit. With the approval as a testing laboratory one of the stipulated milestones of the political funding programme for bioplastics is now completed. Thailand’s minister Dr. Phiraphan Phalusuk outlined the importance of MTEC for Thailand to become the leader in the area of bioplastics.

Source: DIN Certco

Bioplastics 2013: Building a biobased future for Europe

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Bioplastics offer at least the same performance as conventional plastics and, beyond that, feature a unique potential to reduce a products’ environmental impact. Mature, available, in high demand, and easy to dispose-of and recover – bioplastics are an important part of Europe’s biobased future. Latest performance trends, material innovations, as well as experiences from beyond Europe will be discussed on 10 and 11 December 2013 at the 8th European Bioplastics Conference in Berlin, the leading industry event in Europe.

This year’s keynote speeches will be held by Dr. Pipat Weerathaworn (Thai Bioplastic Industry Association, PTT Global Chemical Company Ltd), giving an overview of the development of the Thai bioplastics industry, and Professor Matthias Finkbeiner (Technische Universität Berlin), who will present options for sustainability assessment of biobased applications.

In more than 25 up to date presentations, companies, scientists, and policy makers will cover the following sessions: “bioplastics materials”, “bioplastics in the automotive industry”, “bio-plastics for brands”, “end-of-life”, and “sustainability of bioplastics”.

One of the first presentations of this year’s conference will be the annual market data update of European Bioplastics, which will be presented by the Institute for Bioplastics and Biocomposites (University of Applied Sciences and Arts Hannover, Germany).

Further highlights amongst the outlined sessions are the presentations by Italian API, Germany-based Uhde Inventa-Fischer, and a panel discussion regarding sustainability assessment of bioplastics. API will provide insights into its cooperation with the globally known sports brand PUMA regarding an already commercially available fully biodegradable basketball shoe. Uhde Inventa-Fischer will present new data on the development of PLA in the fibers market. And a panel of industry and NGO experts will discuss sustainability aspects of bioplastics, including the choice of sustainable feedstock, as well as existing and upcoming assessment schemes.

As every year, the Bioplastics Magazine will present the ‚Annual Global Bioplastics Award’. Applicants are invited to submit products, services or developments. Further information is available at www.bioplasticsmagazine.de/award.The conference will be enhanced by an adjoining product exhibition and a new partnering tool that will facilitate networking opportunities throughout the conference days. The partnering tool will be available for all registered participants approximately six weeks prior to the conference.

Bioplastics remain strong in automotive sector

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Toyota uses the renewably sourced polyester DuPontTMSorona®EP to produce e.g. the vent louvers of the Toyota Prius.

‘Lightweighting’ is a hot topic for the automotive industry and the main reason why plastics have continuously been used to substitute heavier materials such as metals. Beyond the benefits of reduced weight, the future lies in choosing the most resource efficient plastics, i.e. bioplastics. This helps to minimise the environmental impact of car production by further reducing CO2 emissions and energy use. Besides these evident advantages, e.g. biobased performance polymers (biobased polyesters/biobased polyamides) feature all the performance criteria important to high quality car components.

Although still in its infancy, the use of biobased materials in the automotive industry has been gradually accelerating over the last few years. (…) biobased plastics are now closer to meeting or exceeding performance and cost parameters of conventional plastics than ever before." (Center of Automotive Research, The Biobased Materials Automotive Value Chain, 2012)

Major converters and car brands adopt bioplastic solutions 

A front-runner in adopting bioplastics is Japanese car manufacturer Toyota which uses bioplastics such as biobased polyesters, biobased PET, and PLA-blends in its production process. Toyota has set the target of replacing 20 percent by weight of all oil-based plastics for cars with bioplastics by 2015. The Toyota SAI and Toyota Prius models already feature a number of bioplastic applications such as headliners, sun visors, or floor mats. Up to 60 percent of the interior fabrics are made of biobased polyesters, which provide mechanical properties equal to or even better than PBT.

Italian manufacturer Fiat is another major player in the automotive industry relying on biobased plastics.

As an example, Fiat used castor oil-derived long chain polyamides to replace their fossil based equivalent in more than one million vehicles; the company plans to further increase this number. Furthermore, in 2011, the use of castor oil-based long chain polyamide in some fuel lines won Fiat and DuPont the Society of Plastics Engineers' Automotive Innovation Award in the environmental category.2

Besides biobased polyesters and polyamides, biobased PBS converted into a high performance natural fibre composite is another upcoming material relevant to the automotive market.

Biobased PBS is made of bio-succinic acid and 1,4-butanediol (BDO). It features an interesting thermal-mechanical balance of properties close to that of a polyolefin; it is easy to process and has good affinity with cellulosic fibres. Since biobased BDO will also be available shortly, biobased PBS will soon be 100 percent sourced from renewable feedstock.

Faurecia and Mitsubishi Chemical have announced a joint programme for developing a bioplastic based on biobased PBS that can be used in mass-production for automotive interior parts, such as door panels, trim and strip, structural instrument panels, air ducts, door panel and console inserts.

The project builds on several years of research and development carried out jointly with US-based BioAmber, who will be supplying the bio-succinic acid to Faurencia and Mitsubishi Chemical. The resulting bioplastic will be a natural fibre composite called BioMat.

Nicolas Pechnyk, Vice President of Engineering at Faurecia Interior Systems explains: “This strategic agreement with Mitsubishi Chemicals will make Faurecia the first automotive equipment supplier to mass produce a 100 percent biobased plastic.” 3

In short: Bioplastics are mature materials combining technical and environmental performance and are suitable for a large number of automotive applications.

Source: European Bioplastics

A New Compostable Film Grade Resin launched by Metabolix

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metabolix logo Metabolix, Inc. has launched Mvera™ B5010, a new compostable film grade resin. Mvera B5010 film grade resin is designed for the compostable bag and film markets across the globe. 

Metabolix developed Mvera B5010 film grade resin to meet international industrial standards for compostability, and has been certified by Vinçotte to meet the EN13432 standard. Mvera B5010 resin allows significant down gauging and features excellent melt strength, resulting in easy processing on conventional blown film extrusion equipment. The compostable resin produces film that has excellent seal strength and good printability for compostable shopping bags and food waste compost bags. 

"We continue to make advances in the development of compostable resins and the further extension of our Mvera product line is designed to meet the global demand of the compostable bag and film markets," said Bob Engle, vice president, biopolymers, at Metabolix. "Mvera B5010 is the first commercial product release following the announcement of our collaboration with Samsung Fine Chemicals and it delivers on Metabolix's aim to extend our product range to meet customer needs in the marketplace, offering a robust balance of toughness and load-bearing capability."     

In July 2013, Metabolix announced a collaboration with Samsung Fine Chemicals and noted the complementary product lines and regional positioning of the companies.  

Source: Metabolix

Arkema wins Pierre Potier prize with Rilsan® HT ultra high temperature biosourced polymer

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imageThe result of over 5 years of research, Rilsan® HT is the first thermoplastic from the polyphthalamide (PPA) family available on the market to combine high temperature resistance with flexibility. These characteristics make it aptly suited to replace metal and rubber in under-the-hood tubing applications. Six times lighter than steel and three times lighter than aluminium, it therefore helps reduce the weight of vehicles, their fuel consumption and their CO2 emissions. Additionally, this high performance polymer has a renewable carbon content of up to 70%. The Pierre Potier prize panel of judges were won over by this product’s many beneficial features, awarding it the top prize.

 

The requirements of the latest standards on vehicle emissions (including CO2) have prompted carmakers to develop smaller engines, hence generating very high temperatures, as well as new, lighter fluid transfer systems designed to improve engine yields. Traditional solutions based on metal or metal-rubber assemblies can withstand very high temperatures, but they have the disadvantage of being heavy, sometimes costly and difficult to process.

 

Meanwhile, polyamides, lighter than metal, and until now available on the market for flexible tubing manufacture, have a narrow scope of under-the-hood applications as they cannot withstand engine temperatures in excess of 150°C.

 

Eager to address this shortcoming, Arkema’s research has developed Rilsan® HT, a brand new polymer that combines the high temperature stability of metal and rubber with the flexibility and light weight of polyamides. This material is a true ground-breaking innovation for carmakers.

 

Beyond the limits of the other PPA resins

For decades Arkema has been developing its expertise in polyamide 11, a polymer from a renewable source valued by carmakers for its unique light weight, flexibility, as well as chemical and thermal (up to 150°C) stability properties.

 

Building on this know-how, Arkema undertook to develop a polyphthalamide (PPA) capable of withstanding both high temperatures and aggressive fluids, while also being flexible (the other PPAs on the market feature a significantly higher intrinsic rigidity) and extrudable. All three characteristics combined for the first time in a PPA-based material. As a result, Rilsan® HT offers hitherto inconceivable metal replacement possibilities.

 

Straightforward processing and manufacturing cost efficiency

With its extraordinary flexibility, Rilsan® HT features excellent thermoforming and ease of assembly. It is easy to extrude into smooth or corrugated pipes, and so offers great freedom of design, further expanding opportunities for replacing metal or rubber for pipes used in car manufacture, transport, and some industrial applications. It also has the advantage of reducing the overall manufacturing costs and the weight of pipes, while meeting the lifetime requirements of automotive parts.

 

Derived from renewable raw materials

Rilsan® HT features a non-food plant content of up to 70%. Through its origin and its emissions reduction potential, its contribution to the protection of the environment is therefore twofold.

Rilsan® HT is already much appreciated by many carmakers, who are looking for cost-effective and durable solutions, as a substitute to metal or rubber under the hood.

Source: Arkema

The Galactic products labeled by Ecocert

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image The Belgian company Galactic specializes in lactic acid and its derivatives, has announced that several of its natural solutions for cosmetic, detergents and paints just received Ecocert certification. This label recognizes that Galactic solutions are based on raw materials from renewable and natural resources and have been produced by processes that respect the environment.

Banished  ingredients

Ecocert also checks the absence of GMOs, parabens, phenoxyethanol, nanoparticles, silicon, PEG, perfumes and synthetic dyes, ingredients of animal origin ...
"At Galactic, we constantly strive to provide our customers with natural ingredients to their formulations, and we are delighted to be judged according to Ecocert for many of our products," says Denise O'Connor, Regulatory Affairs Specialist.

In the absence of European standards for bio-based products, private label Ecocert continues to gain ground. It is one of the few alternatives for manufacturers of biobased products with the American ASTM standard (carbon 14) and the indicator proposed by the biobased content ACDV Association (plant chemistry).

Source: Formule Verte

Improved performance of PLA-packaging

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image The plastics processing industry has been faced with the demands of an increasing number of end consumers calling for responsible action to protect our environment. Added to these demands, are those of the packaging material producers whose concerns are not only environmental but are also focused on better and simpler processing of PLA-materials. Because of that, the GRAFE Group has expanded its product portfolio to include a new masterbatch under the name of „Biocolen“ which addresses environmental concerns and offers enhanced performance for manufacturers while providing an alternative to petroleum-based materials.

Packaging on the basis of bio-based, compostable polylactic acids (PLA) is no longer simply a vision of the future but has already been in use for many years in various applications. With the new product series Biocolen, the GRAFE Group is offering a masterbatch which is not only suitable for coloring bioplastics but also provides improved performance for packaging manufacturers.


Ongoing developments in technology mean that many services can be provided without compromising on customers‘ needs. The new material offers processers many advantages, as well as new application options for the manufacturers of consumer goods. The batch improves the temperature stability of PLA during the deep drawing process, by optimizing the material which must be stored cool and then reheated. One of the most important applications is in the packaging of microwave meals.


The benefits available to the packaging manufacturers are clear. The masterbatch improves the durability, achieving a higher flexibility and reducing the brittleness in the end product without impairing transparency. Due to the material composition, the packaging product is very easy to process and cut.

Source: The Grafe Group

Biomethane 2G: an alternative to natural gas in Europe?

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The question is asked by the consulting firm Alcimed . This is to address the issue of 2G also called biomethane BioSNG . Recall that the second-generation biogas is produced from lignocellulosic biomass ( wood and straw mainly) and is done in two steps: gasification and methanation . Gasification is a thermochemical process that converts organic material into a synthesis gas called syngas (CO + H2) . This syngas is then processed and purified to undergo methanation catalytically . This process is distinct from the biogas , which also produces a green gas but by fermentation.

2G biogas has many advantages , the main one being its origin Biobased unlike fossil natural gas. In addition, the production of biomethane 2G is storable and transportable in large quantities through the existing network of natural gas which is less the case for the electricity and heat produced by biomass cogeneration .

Today, however, the production technologies BioSNG does not establish a reliable cost of production for this product. Alcimed reports that the main industry experts agree that even at maturity , the price of BioSNG will most likely be significantly higher than that of natural gas. This can be explained by multiple production steps BioSNG .

The European Union and the Member States could then promote the development of BioSNG promoting offers through investment aid for the promotion of research on the topic and the implementation of pilot sites. And demand could be stimulated by imposing a share of green gas consumption or sectors to use 100% renewable energy . On this last point , Alcimed cites as an example the case of Sweden and Denmark, which are engaged in the transport sector with a goal of 100% renewable by 2030.

Inventory of projects

The current production projects BioSNG are few in Europe, according to the study . No installation is in operation, only pilot demonstration as GAYA GoBi Gas in France or Sweden are under development . Two other projects are under discussion : it is Bio2G E.ON and project ECN in partnership with HCV . . In addition, the first pilot European 2G biogas held in Güssing in Austria in 2008 . The proposed R & D , arrested after test campaign demonstrated the technical feasibility of the concept . Finally, the existence of two business model seems to be confirmed for this future industry. A massive , centralized production BioSNG , from large units . They would need to import large quantities of biomass but would make it easier to achieve profitability.

The other way is a decentralized approach , using local supplies from the perspective of territorial development. In this case, the economic equation is more complicated to solve, because of the scale effect , says Jean -Philippe Tridant Bel, Director of Energy and Environment Alcimed activity.

source Alcimed via Formule Verte

Capa™ significantly enhances biodegradability & bioplastic performance

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image Perstorp Group  will be launching its proven technology Capa™ Thermoplastic products for bioplastics at K Fair, 2013. Considerable investments have been made in caprolactones to ensure  new Capa™ products address key issues related to plastic materials, such as sustainability, biodegradability and product safety. Bioplastics are receiving enthusiastic attention today because they save on resources and offer the unique potential of carbon neutrality. With a projected growth in bioplastics of 500% between 2011-2016* this is a very exciting growth area.

Bioplastics that are biodegradable, such as PLA (PolyLactic Acid) and TPS (ThermoPlastic Starch), are becoming increasingly attractive to both consumers and producers, as they offer new ways of recovery and recycling. Perstorp’s caprolactones enhance the properties of bioplastics allowing them to be used for new market opportunities and applications. Capa™ provides superior biodegradation, easier processing and compatibility. Capa™ – the perfect polyester for bioplastic blends Capa™ is the perfect polyester for bioplastics blends, improving several mechanical properties as well as accelerating biodegradation of the biopolymers.

Bioplastics with Capa™ biodegrade quickly in the right conditions - you can use domestic composting, rather than industrial requiring a higher temperature. Capa™ also offers excellent tear properties by adding mechanical strength, and making the bioplastic more flexible, so that it elongates and stretches rather than tears. The excellent low temperature performance allows bioplastic products to be used in cold environments.

Capa™ can be easily blended with PLA and starch based polymers to attain customized and desirable properties that really broaden their appeal. Wherever you can use biopolymers you can use Capa™ that is ideal for both renewable and disposable polyesters. In disposables – for plastic bags, compost bags, coated paper and one-time plastic cutlery, and in renewables – for cutlery, trays and items that need to last a year or two.

Bioplastics are now broadening out into electronic equipment, such as mobile handsets and casings, and making inroads into automotive parts too. Capa™ is an essential part of this journey into these new market segments.

Source: Perstorp

Cereplast is strongly positioned to meet soaring demand for bioplastic resins in the Asia - Pacific market

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cereplast logoCereplast, Inc. is strongly positioned to meet soaring demand for bioplastic resins in the Asia -Pacific market. The region is forecasted to gain the highest global growth rate of 25.7% during the period of 2011 through 2016, according to a 2013 report by Research and Markets. Cereplast provides the global market with its innovative range of bioplastic resin designed for multiple purposes.

Cereplast recently generated $450,000 in India for its bioplastics resins and new contracts are expected going forward.

These contracts are indicative of the expected surge in market growth. Key factors driving increased volume in the bioplastic market include escalating fossil fuel prices, the effort to decrease dependence on fossil fuels, wider consumer acceptance of plastic alternatives , rise in demand for eco -friendly packaging materials, and the need to better protect and preserve the environment from the perils of plastics . Each has resulted in regulations banning the use of plastic bags in various countries across the globe.

Given the surge and versatility of petroleum prices, Cereplast Sustainables® resins provide a competitive pricing structure for products traditionally made with fossil fuel-based plastics, given the surge in petroleum prices.

Cereplast Sustainables® can replace up to 95% or more of the petroleum content used in traditional plastics and provide a lower carbon footprint for durable applications such as automotive, consumer goods , fashion accessories, consumer electronics, medical packaging, cosmetics packaging, toys, furniture, office supplies, home accessories and construction.

Source: Cereplast

API and SACMI develop a 100% biodegradable cap

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The cap was obtained starting from a compound belonging to the APINAT BIO range; thanks to their chemical structure and versatility, these compounds can easily be processed using widely available technology and have an extensive application range, being used in industries as varied as footwear, agriculture and, of course, packaging.

 

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Thanks to the unique rheology and behaviour of the molten material, APINAT BIO has been able to take full advantage of the cap-making compression technology for which SACMI is so renowned; the flexibility of this technology has, in fact, resulted in optimisation of the APINAT compound and attainment of outstanding production, functional, biodegradability and compostability performance of the cap.

Stemming from a joint project by API Spa and SACMI, this latest development confirms and reinforces both firms’ mutual commitment to the high-innovation development needed to resolve the planet’s burgeoning environmental issues.

Source.: Api Plastic

Green Dot Holdings LLC manufacturing high-performance bioplastic resin compounds for MCG BioComposites LLC

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Green Dot Holdings LLC is manufacturing high-performance bioplastic resin compounds for MCG BioComposites LLC.  The bioplastic compounds combine corncob and reprocessed or recycled  polyethylene or polypropylene to create a strong durable material ideal for outdoor applications.

Cottonwood Falls, Kansas - Green Dot Holdings LLC (Green Dot), a full-service bioplastic company headquartered in Cottonwood Falls, Kansas, is manufacturing bioplastic resins made from a MCG BioComposites’ proprietary blend of corncob fiber and PCR (post-consumer recycled) or PIR (post-industrial recycled) plastic.  MCG BioComposites sells the material under the Duramaze™ brand.  It is available in several grades with up to 30% renewable material.

MCG’s Duramaze™ biocomposites lower the amount of non-renewable petroleum-based materials used to make plastic, allowing customers to make more sustainable products for a wide range of agricultural, lawn and garden and industrial applications.   Duramaze™ biocomposites also create additional markets for agricultural bioproducts and promote the reclamation and reuse of plastic materials.

MCG BioComposites introduced Duramaze™ by creating the BioMarker™ plant marker for a garden club in Des Moines, Iowa.  In 2012 the BioMarker™ received a Green Thumb Award in the new hard goods category from the Direct Gardening Association.  MCG recently announced the completion of a newly designed Biomarker™ that features a taller stem and a wider angled faceplate for ease of view. 

Green Dot produces the Duramaze™ corncob biocomposite material at its manufacturing facility in Onaga, Kansas.   The plant is uniquely equipped to combine biobased materials to create high quality resin pellets that can be easily processed by plastics manufacturers.  Green Dot also manufactures its own line of biobased and compostable bioplastic resin pellets at the Onaga plant.  The materials include starch biocomposites, wood-plastic composites and compostable elastomers sold under the Terratek® brand name.

Source: Green Dot

Spanish Research Center Aimplas develops an innovative method for PLA formulation

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aimplas researcher Aimplas (Technological Institute of Plastics) and eleven other European companies and research centers are developing the InnoREX project, coordinated by the German center Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology and funded by the Seventh Framework Programme. During the 42 month duration of the project also participate as observers Roquette and HUHTAMAKI multinationals.

The main objective of the project is InnoREX using an extruder as a reactor to produce bioplastics from polylactic acid (PLA). This new technology will, among other benefits, increase the uniformity of production and thanks to the incorporation of a viscometer, the viscosity of the material can be measured, modified or corrected during the production process.

Furthermore,  metal catalysts currently necessary in the process can be avoided. Through this project an organic catalyst will  be developed   as a substitute of the metal particles to accelerate the reaction and to obtain bioplastics. The removal of metal particles in the process will be an environmental improvement and safety of workers.

Source: Izaro Manufacturing Technologies

Biodegradable packaging that keeps champagne cold.

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French designer Cedric Ragot, has created an ingenious packaging for champagne Veuve Clicquot, which is 100% biodegradable, the first of its kind in the industry. Made from a material of biological origin derived from potato starch, this innovative design not only is strong and lightweight, but also allows the bottle of champagne to be refrigerated for a time of two hours. Unlike other forms of packaging of the bottles, which are difficult to transport, this brilliant insulated packaging offers a witty detail, a handle that lets you easily transport the bottle.

Kesko Food to use biodegradable materials in Pirkka vegetable packaging

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Biodegradable packaging material, innovated in Finland, will be used for the first time in Finland in the packaging of three domestic Pirkka vegetables. By introducing the new packaging material Kesko Food promotes the objective of Kesko’s responsibility programme for mitigating climate change and promoting the sustainable use of natural resources.

 

Pirkka Chinese cabbage

Biodegradable material will be used for the first time in Finland in the packaging of Pirkka Chinese cabbage, leak and onion bunches that are sold packaged. The new material is made from starch based renewable material and it does not contain genetically modified organisms. The packaging can be disposed of by composting. The biodegradable packaging material is also breathable, which makes it perfectly suited to packaging vegetables.

– For several years, Kesko Food has examined the possibility of using packaging material which would have the smallest possible environmental impact. The material we are now introducing is certified, which means that it fulfils the criteria for both biodegradability and the product safety and quality requirements of vegetable packaging, says Heini Haverinen, Product Quality Manager of Kesko Food.

The functionality of the packaging material was tested during spring in cooperation with Plastiroll Oy, the developer of the material, and the vegetable packaging centre Uudenmaan Vihannes Oy. The product is a Finnish innovation.

– The functionality and properties of the film have been tested in close cooperation. Based on the tests, we have jointly modified the product to meet Kesko Food’s needs, says Plastiroll’s District Manager Jukka Kallionpää.

The first vegetables packaged in the new material will arrive in K-food stores in mid-July.

– The product labels clearly indicate that the packaging material is made from renewable material and is 100% biodegradable. The new packaging also provides more information about the product itself, in compliance with the new regulation on the provision of food information to consumers. We are looking forward to customers’ reactions to the renewed packaging material, says Haverinen.

Source: Plastiroll

Unilever searching for bio-based ingredients

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unilever logo The British company Unilever has announced the launch of a research project with the University of Liverpool to develop the next generation of renewable chemicals from biomass for use in home care and personal care products .

The three-year project will develop renewable from excess sugars chemicals , fats , oils and carbohydrates, co -products from various industries or from forestry waste , creating a center of excellence in identifying renewable ingredients. Products which can then become the raw materials for the Unilever group.

Research will be located at the University of Liverpool. Methods for high throughput screening will be used to accelerate development .

The partners emphasize that the program is partially funded by the UK Department for Business , Innovation and Skills ( UK Department for Business , Innovation Skills years ) .

To surfactants from renewable sources
" This work has the potential to revolutionize the way we produce household products and reduce the environmental impact of our products. The research could eventually lead to new alternatives for key areas such as surfactants and polymers used in the composition of many products for home care products and ingredients , "said Paul Jenkins , director of Unilever Research .

Note that the search will include raw materials of non-food quality, including materials such as residues of sugar beet . AB Sugar , one of the leading sugar companies in the world , is also a key partner in the project and provide residual sugar beet from the refining process - a material with a high potential for the production of new ingredients .

Source: Formule Verte