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Content Editorial 03 News 05 Suppliers Guide 32 Events 34 January 01|2008 Special: Foam Mater-Bi Foams,innovative, functional 08 and compostable From farmer to foamer 10 Odor free Polyurethane with renewable content 12 PLA foams for packaging applications 14 Special: End of life Materials Polyethylene - Bio-Polyethylene 26 Politics Bioplastics boom in the UK 16 Basics Glossary 30 Recycling of Bioplastics 20 Biopolymers - a discussion on 22 ‘End of Life’ options Impressum Publisher / Editorial Dr. Michael Thielen Samuel Brangenberg Dr. Thomas Isenburg, Contributing Editor Rosemarie Karner, Contributing Editor Layout/Production Mark Speckenbach, Jörg Neufert Head Office Polymedia Publisher GmbH Hackesstr. 99 41066 Mönchengladbach, Germany phone: +49 (0)2161 664864 fax: +49 (0)2161 631045 info@bioplasticsmagazine.com www.bioplasticsmagazine.com Media Adviser Elke Schulte, Katrin Stein phone: +49(0)2359-2996-0 fax: +49(0)2359-2996-10 es@bioplasticsmagazine.com Print Tölkes Druck + Medien GmbH Höffgeshofweg 12 47807 Krefeld, Germany Print run: 4,000 copies bioplastics magazine ISSN 1862-5258 bioplastics magazine is published 6 times in 2008. This publication is sent to qualified subscribers (149 Euro for 6 issues). bioplastics MAGAZINE is read in more than 80 countries. Not to be reproduced in any form without permission from the publisher The fact that product names may not be identified in our editorial as trade marks is not an indication that such names are not registered trade marks. bioplastics MAGAZINE tries to use British spelling. However, in articles based on information from the USA, American spelling may also be used. Cover: ronen/iStockphoto bioplastics MAGAZINE [01/08] Vol. 3

Global market for biodegradable polymers News rk - According to a new technical market research report, Biodegradable Polymers (PLS025C) from BCC Research, Wellesley, Massachusetts, USA the global market for biodegradable polymers reached 246,000 tonnes in 2007. This is expected to increase to over 546,000 tonnes by 2012, a compound average annual growth rate (CAGR) of 17.3%. The market is broken down into applications of compost bags, loose-fill packaging, and other packaging, including medical/hygiene products, agricultural and paper coatings and miscellaneous (see table, in metric tonnes). Growth rates are very high because the base volumes of biodegradable polymers are still relatively low compared to petrochemical-based variants. The ‘average’ growth rate for loose-fill packaging is mainly attributable to two factors: lack of an effective infrastructure for disposal, and the popularity of air-filled plastics and other materials for cushioning in packages. The biodegradable polymer market, although commercial for over 20 years, is still very early in its product life cycle. This market is still beset with several major problems, the most important of which are relatively high prices and lack of an infrastructure for effective composting-an extremely Application critical aspect for biodegradable polymer market success. The North American biodegradable polymer market has not progressed as rapidly as in Europe, and Asia but is now beginning to show its potential. The major drivers for the U.S. market are mandated legislation and prospective increases in landfill pricing-none of which are foreseen within the next 5 years, although recent increases in petroleumbased plastics have rekindled interest in biodegradable polymers. The complete report can be ordered for $ 4,250 from BCC Research www.bccresearch.com 2006 2007 2012 CARG% 2007-2012 Compost Bags 78,636 110,000 266,363 19.4 Loose-Fill Packaging 69,091 73,636 97,273 5.7 Other Packaging (1) 23,182 36,818 105,454 23.4 Miscellaneous (2) 15,000 25,455 77,727 25.0 Total 185,909 245,909 546,818 17.3 (1) includes medical/hygiene products, agricultural, paper coatings, etc. (2) unidentified biodegradable polymers. Green protection for sensitive goods KTM Industries, Inc., Lansing, Michigan, USA manufactures and sells Green Cell Foam, a natural, biobased material used in protective packaging for industrial and consumer applications that is biodegradable and compostable (ASTM D-6400). Originally developed at Michigan State University, KTM’s one-step, environmentally friendly extrusion process uses non-GM, high-amylose cornstarch to produce a resilient and flexible foam comparable to EPE foams in price and performance. Green Cell Foam provides unparalleled convenience at time of disposal by offering the choice of biodegrading, composting, dissolving in a sink, recycling with corrugate or sea disposal (MARPOL compliant). Green Cell Foam has been used in the market for over six years in packaging for automotive/truck/aircraft glass and parts by Volvo, Toyota and Honeywell. It is naturally anti-static, therefore perfect for electronics packaging, selected by Sony, Delphi and others. In 2007, the British Ministry of Defence specified Green Cell Foam to protect fragile and sensitive items during transit. New Green Cell Foam-based packaging has been developed and recently released to the market including wine shippers and insulated shipping coolers, both of which have passed rigorous testing for effectiveness. “With the rapid acceleration of web-based commerce and the growing global economy, Green Cell Foam is an effective way to protect goods while keeping fossil fuel-based packaging materials out of landfills, thus minimizing the environmental impact from the sheer volume of packages shipped,” says Tim Colonnese, KTM’s President and CEO. KTM also produces and sells Magic Nuudles, a natural building material made from cornstarch. Magic Nuudles is a safe, fun product sold to toy, school and craft retailers worldwide for over ten years. www.greencellfoam.com www.magicnuudles.com bioplastics MAGAZINE [01/08] Vol. 3

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