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News DSM invests in ‘green’ polymers from CO 2 rk - DSM Venturing, Heerlen, The Netherlands, the corporate venturing unit of Royal DSM N.V., recently announced that it has made an investment in Novomer Inc.. Novomer, Ithaca, New York, USA is developing a technology platform to use carbon dioxide and other renewable materials to produce performance polymers, plastics and other chemicals (see pM 04/2007). In addition to the investment DSM and Novomer also intend to sign a cooperation agreement. Both the investment and cooperation agreement will support DSM’s ambitions to develop bio-based performance polymers to meet customers’ growing needs for improved materials performance and environmental benefits at competitive costs. Furthermore, the cooperation is in line in with DSM’s increased focus on exploiting synergy between its Life Sciences and Material Sciences activities. The investment in Novomer was the 8th last year for DSM Venturing. In the recent review of Vision 2010, DSM announced that the budget for venturing has been increased to up to 200 million Euro over the period until 2012. Babette Pettersen, Vice President New Business Development for DSM’s Performance Materials cluster: “Novomer’s synthetic catalyst chemistry approach to manufacturing offers great promise for DSM to build on our strengths in both Material Sciences and Life Sciences to accelerate the development of customized, cost-effective bio-based performance materials. The cooperation with Novomer offers DSM a valuable partnership for further developments in the field, which will be broadly applicable to both existing and potential new DSM businesses.” “Our relationship with DSM Venturing represents an important validation of Novomer’s technology. DSM gives us a major partner in the chemical industry with critical expertise in high-volume production and access to global markets,” said Charles Hamilton, president of Novomer. “In addition, our organizations share a real commitment to sustainability and innovative technology.” Swiss chocolate at Marks & Spencer packed with Plantic rk - Last December the British retailer Marks & Spencer has introduced a new chocolate box for its swiss chocolate assortment. The new packaging material is produced by the Australian company Plantic Technologies from non-GM corn starch. The Plantic ® material meets the compostable and homecompostable European standards (EN 13432) and since recently holds the AIB-Vinçotte certification ‘OK Biodegradable Soil’. The launch of biobased chocolate packaging evolved from the retailer’s own medium term sustainability ‘Plan A‘, a 200 million £ ‘eco plan‘. Marks & Spencer aims to become carbon neutral by 2012 and increase the use of sustainably sourced packaging materials. The realization under the assumption that there will be no Plan B is intended to demonstrate the company’s ambition to create higher lifestyle based on ethical trading by using e.g. environmentally friendly materials in packaging., Nokia phone with bio cover At Nokia World 2007, the company from Espoo, Finland introduced their Nokia 3110 Evolve Bio-Covers Environment-Friendly Phone. This phone is the environment-friendly version of the 3110 Classic. It uses “bio-covers” made from more than 50% renewable material, which replace the normal thermoplastic materials used on other phones. The 3110 Evolve will also come in a smaller package made of 60% recycled materials and with a new efficient charger that (according to Nokia) uses 94% less energy than Energy Star requires. (Photo: Nokia) bioplastics MAGAZINE [01/08] Vol. 3

News PLA-TPO blend for foam-applications PLA attracted much attention as carbon neutral thermoplastic material with a wide variety of possible applications. Japanese chemical manufacturer Toray now has developed a new class of physically cross-linked foams based on alloys of PLA and thermoplastic Polyolefins (TPO). This new class of technical foams will be available 2008 under Toray’s brand for eco-friendly PLA products Ecodear ® . Utilizing Toray‘s unique nano-alloy technology, PLA and TPO can now be blended successfully. Furthermore, Toray has developed a special cross-linking technology which allows PLA to be cross-linked uniformly. These technologies, together with Toray’s four decades of expertise in the manufacturing of foam products, created a new class of foam materials with excellent properties. The surface appearance and technical characteristics of Ecodear foams are comparable to conventional physically cross-linked materials. Ecodear foams can be thermoformed using various moulding processes giving them a wide variety of possible applications, mainly in the field of Automotive Interior Trim, but also with other demanding industrial applications. Toray has already introduced its Ecodear line of PLA products with its fiber, resin and film businesses. The company believes the material’s entry into the field of technical foams will add momentum to its environment-friendly advanced materials business. Toray aims to contribute to improving global environment through promotion of research and development of environmentconscious products as well as development and expansion of its business with focus on “environment, safety and amenity,” as the company stated. Harvest Collection full line of biodegradable and compostable foodservice ware of Genpak, LLC, NY, is made exclusively with Cereplast resin (Photo: Genpak) Cereplast expands bioplastic production capacity rk - Cereplast, Inc., Hawthorne, California, USA recently announced the location of a new facility that will add 227,000 tonnes a year to Cereplast’s bio-plastic resin production capacity when the site is fully developed by early 2010. Operations will start at the site in January 2008. In early 2010 Cereplast will employ up to 200 fulltime staff and be the world’s largest bio-plastic resin production facility as the company reported. Production will start in an existing industrial building that is situated in Seymour, Indiana, USA on approx. 50,000 m² . Cereplast is planning to have additional buildings completed by early 2009. “After a long search we decided to settle down in Indiana for this project where we have easy access to our raw materials allowing us to reduce the carbon footprint of our operations by reducing transportation lines,” said Frederic Scheer, CEO and President of Cereplast. “As our industry grows, we find the need for flexible manufacturing solutions that allow us to meet both the current and future demand for bio-plastics,” said Scheer. “The new Indiana facility allows us to expand capacity immediately, and will enable us to keep pace with future growth. We have seen a very positive response to the introduction of the Cereplast Hybrids Resins and we believe they will become mainstream plastics.” bioplastics MAGAZINE [01/08] Vol. 3

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