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Content Materials Nano-Alloy Technology for High- 10 Performance PLA Applications Bottle Applications Pure, Light, Mountain Water - Bottled in Ingeo 12 Australia’s First Natural Spring 14 Water in PLA Bottles Not only Celebrities like New Zealand’s 16 PLA-bottled “Good Water” Closures made from bio-plastics 18 Primo Water offer Mineral enriched 20 Water in PLA bottles Bio-Bottle Meets Private Label Water 22 “EcoSield” PLA bottles 24 Impact of Dry and Wet 26 Sterilisation on PLA Bottles July 04|2008 Editorial 03 News 05 Suppliers Guide 44 Event Calendar 35 Interpack Review Bioplastics in Packaging: 08 The Big Crowd Puller at interpack Events Preview 1st PLA World Congress 10 Innovation Takes Root 12 3rd European Bioplastics Conference 12 Applications Real World Solutions 14 Basics Glossary 4 Impressum Publisher / Editorial Dr. Michael Thielen Samuel Brangenberg Philipp Thielen, Contributing Editor Layout/Production Mark Speckenbach, Jörg Neufert Head Office Polymedia Publisher GmbH Dammer Str. 112 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 a year. 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. Editorial contributions are always welcome. Please contact the editorial office via mt@bioplasticsmagazine.com. bioplastics MAGAZINE [04/08] Vol. 3

News Cereplast Materials Meet Federal ‘BioPreferred‘ Procurement Requirements Uhde Inventa-Fischer Awarded Contract for New BASF Ecoflex Facility Products made from Cereplast Compostables ® resins meet the new US federal procurement guidelines for biobased content, as recently announced by the Hawthorne, California based company Cereplast Inc. These guidelines were enacted in mid June by the United States Department of Agriculture. All companies using Cereplast Compostables resins can be listed on the USDA ‘BioPreferred’ web site. ‘BioPreferred’ products are given preference by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), the purchasing agent responsible for billions of dollars in products which are supplied to various federal agencies. Companies looking to develop “BioPreferred” products can turn to Cereplast as a solutions provider for a wide range of plastic products, especially those targeted at food service applications such as plastic straws, utensils, cups, bags and containers. “This is the culmination of many years of proactive work to improve access of federal agencies to sustainable goods, and we’re looking forward to helping our customers develop new bio-based products for inclusion in the ‘BioPreferred’ program,” said Frederic Scheer, chairman and CEO of Cereplast. “Practically speaking, this means that federal agencies are now required to use bio-based products for their food service ware supplies, and we see this as a great opportunity for our customers to expand the reach of their ‘green’ sales.” Scheer added, “With this new regulation, the federal government is making a strong commitment to enhance the use of bioplastics which should result in additional demand for Compostables resin from our converter customers.” Products from Cereplast’s consumer products division, Nat-Ur, are already categorized as “BioPreferred” on the USDA web site. Additional products made from Cereplast Compostables plastic resin by existing Cereplast converters such as Genpak, Innoware and Alcoa will be posted shortly. www.cereplast.com. www.biopreferred.gov BASF SE has announced plans for a significant expansion of its production plant for the biodegradable plastic Ecoflex ® at the company’s Ludwigshafen site. The move will raise Ecoflex production capacities from the current 14,000 to 60,000 metric tons per year. Production at the expanded plant will commence in the third quarter of 2010. The company has awarded a contract to engineer and supply its proprietary 2 Reactor process for the project to Uhde Inventa-Fischer. Uhde Inventa-Fischer’s scope of supplies and services comprises the basic and detail engineering, supply of equipment, construction supervision and commissioning supervision and training of the operating personnel. The excellent performance of the Uhde Inventa- Fischer 2R process for this sustainable plastic has been demonstrated in Uhde Inventa-Fischer’s pilot facilities in Berlin, which can demonstrate all Polyesters and PLA technologies. Ecoflex is a petrochemicals-based plastic which has the properties of conventional polyethylene but is fully biodegradable in accordance with DIN EN 13432 requirements. At the same time, BASF plans to increase production capacity of the compounding facility in Ludwigshafen where the newly developed product Ecovio ® is manufactured. Ecovio, a derivative of Ecoflex, contains 45 percent by weight of the renewable raw material polylactic acid (PLA). The PLA content means Ecovio is not only biodegradable but also largely biobased. Polylactic acid is a material obtained from corn (maize). The materials are used to make carrier bags, compostable can liners, mulch film, food wrapping, and for other applications. Both properties – biodegradability and a high renewable raw material content – are increasingly sought after in the competitive global materials market. www.basf.com www.uhde-inventa-fischer.com bioplastics MAGAZINE [04/08] Vol. 3

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