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Content Editorial 3 News 5 Application News 26 Suppliers Guide 44 Event Calendar 40 July/August 04|2010 Additives | Masterbatches More Colorful Bioplastics 10 Impact Modifier for PLA 11 Bio-based Plasticizers for PVC 12 Plasticizer Made from Natural Products 13 New Additives for PLA 14 Bio-based Color Concentrates 15 Bottle Applications Ethical Packaging in New Zealand 16 Basics Basics of Compounding Bioplastics 34 Opinion The Bio-Based Discussion 38 Personality Catia Bastioli 39 Erratum Erroneous picture in issue 03/2010 41 PHA Bioplastics for Caps and Closures 18 Continued Success for Sant‘Anna Bio-Bottle 19 Cosmetic Bottles 20 The Ritz-Carlton goes Prima 22 From Science & Research Plasma-Assisted Barrier Coating 24 PBS Particle Foam 32 Report Materia Nova Material R&D Centre 30 Imprint Publisher / Editorial Dr. Michael Thielen Samuel Brangenberg Contributing Editor Dr. Bettina Schnerr-Laube Layout/Production Mark Speckenbach 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 Hoffmann phone: +49(0)2351-67100-0 fax: +49(0)2351-67100-10 eh@bioplasticsmagazine.com Print Tölkes Druck + Medien GmbH 47807 Krefeld, Germany Total 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 printed on chlorine-free FSC certified paper. bioplastics MAGAZINE is read in 90 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. Envelope A number of copies of this issue of bioplastics MAGAZINE is wrapped in a compostable film manufactured and sponsored by different sponsors ... Cover Photo Novamont bioplastics MAGAZINE [04/10] Vol. 5 New: Follow us on twitter: http://twitter.com/bioplasticsmag Like us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/bioplastics-MAGAZINE/103745406344904

News Bioplastics at interpack 2011 For the third time at this triennial exhibition the interpack bioplastics trade fair will be staging a group exhibit. With just under a year to go until the event gets under way a total of 39 companies have already registered for the event, which is now fully booked. Following the successes of 2005 and 2008, bioplastics will be exhibited next year in hall 9 alongside packaging materials, packages and package production. This means that in 2011 the pioneering green plastics industry will be moving out of the ‘Innovationparc Packaging‘ for the first time to prove itself within the established sectors. “We are very excited about this positive example which further underlines the success of our approach of focusing on such hot topics,“ says Bernd Jablonowski, director of interpack. Bioplastics have made rapid progress since the first group exhibition in 2005. With an average annual market growth of 15-20 % the materials, which currently have a market share of less than 1 %, already represent a sound and environmentally-friendly alternative to conventional plastics in many areas. The industry expects to grow from a global production capacity of just under 600,000 tonnes p.a. at present to over 1.4 million tonnes by 2013. Plastics from renewable raw materials will play an increasingly important role, as in their manufacture the carbon derived from the carbon dioxide taken in by plants is removed from the atmosphere for a period of years. “The number of registrations in the bioplastics sector underscores the importance of interpack for our industry. Despite the crisis over the last two years, companies continue to address the growing demand for products that are climate-friendly and resource-efficient,“ says Hasso von Pogrell, Managing Director of the European Bioplastics. The industry association is looking forward to finding out whether the previous show‘s record number of visitors will be surpassed in 2011. MT www.bioplastics-in-packaging.com Improved PLA compound Panasonic Electric Works Co., Ltd. and Teijin Limited recently announced in Tokyo, Japan their joint development of a highly heat-resistant PLA moulding compound made 80% from plant-based renewable feedstock and providing significantly reduced moulding cycle time of around half that of conventional PLA compounds. In July 2010, Panasonic Electric Works started selling the new material as its MBA900H PLA moulding compound for use in the housings of cell phones and other mobile devices and digital consumer electronics. The initial goal is 1,000 tons of annual production by 2012/2013. The bioplastic used in the MBA900H is Teijin’s Biofront, a highly heat-resistant PLA with a heat deflection temperature of 60-190°C (HDT A), depending on the grade, which is significantly higher than that of conventional PLA. Biofront also shows better hydrolytic stability and achieves semi-crystallization in just 20-25% of the time required with conventional PLA. The compound has been proven in testing conducted by the company to shorten moulding cycle time by roughly half compared to conventional PLA compounds. Efforts to shift from oil-based to biomass-based plastics are increasing as companies look for ways to help protect the global environment and create sustainable societies. Bioplastics, for example, are being used increasingly in consumer electronics, automotive interiors and other areas, but conventional PLA has low heat resistance and limited injection-moulding capability because of its longer moulding cycle time. Moulding compounds have been developed by mixing PLA with oil-based plastics, but attaining the desired levels of heat resistance and mouldability has required a high ratio of oil-based plastic. The MBA900H solves these problems as a moulding compound that combines high biomass ratio with superior heat resistance and mouldability which makes them ideal for durable applications. These compounds consisting of 80% (by wt) PLA are of course not biodegradable any more. Teijin will continue to accelerate its cultivation of new applications and markets for Biofront, which already is used in clothing, interior goods, automobiles and consumer electronics. Teijin aims to mass produce some 5,000 tons of Biofront in fiscal 2011, and then eventually several tens of thousands of tons of this advanced bioplastic. MT www.teijin.co.jp/english http://panasonic-electric-works.net bioplastics MAGAZINE [04/10] Vol. 5

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