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Content March 01|2007 Editorial 03 News 05 Suppliers Guide 42 Events 44 Review 1st European Bioplastics Conference, Brussels 10 Bioplastics 2006, Frankfurt 11 Automotive Bioplastics in Automotive Applications 14 Bio-Tyres save energy and CO 2 19 Rapeseed oil gives grip on wintry roads 20 Flax and Linseed Oil-Acrylate put Race 21 Car in Pole Position Materials Polyamide 11 for automotive 24 fuel line applications Caprowax TM 26 EcoPol TM 27 Processing PLA – cast film lines 28 Report Novamont Biorefinery From Science & Research 2 Applications Transparent heat-sealable compostable film 30 Advancing Bioplastics from Down-Under 34 Basics How much “biocontent” is in there? 6 Logos Part 3: The “OK Compost” logo 40 Mailbox Letters to the editor 8 Impressum Publisher / Editorial Dr. Michael Thielen Samuel Brangenberg 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: 5,000 copies bioplastics magazine ISSN 1862-5258 bioplastics magazine is published 4 times in 2007 and 6 times a year from 2008. This publication is sent to qualified subscribers (149 Euro for 6 issues). bioplastics MAGAZINE is read in 72 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. bioplastics MAGAZINE [01/07] Vol. 2

News European Bioplastics Column Bioplastics showed signs of a boom in 2006 PLA Wedding Dress presented in Brussels Outlook is excellent - Further investment required to expand capacities The bioplastics industry in Europe has experienced its first boom in market development during the year 2006. This result emerged from a survey conducted by the industry association European Bioplastics amongst its 66 members. The questions covered issues such as production, new products, converters, development of sales, and market highlights of the year 2006, as well as expectations for 2007. Growth of up to 100% on the previous year is anticipated by manufacturers, particularly in biopackaging. Numerous chains of stores throughout Europe are introducing biopackaging in response to the growing number of consumers who are concerned with depletion of fossil resources and climate change. Most companies in this sector expect continued strong positive growth in 2007. Businesses attribute this largely to three aspects: raised consumer environmental awareness, companies being increasingly prepared to actively support sustainable development, and the sharp rise in raw material and energy prices. Bioplastics are regarded as an innovative solution. Similarly to organic food and bioenergy, the emergence of bioplastics is a result of changing attitudes in business and society. Both the use of renewable resources as well as the biodegradability and compostability of many bioplastics products have become convincing sales and benefits arguments. Bioplastics are well on the way to achieving the leap from niche market presence to a broader introduction in the medium term. Encouraged by rapidly growing demand, manufacturers have continued to expand production capacities. However to exploit the application potential that has become evident, further significant investments will be required in the future. Dr. Harald Kaeb, Chairman of European Bioplastics www.european-bioplastics.org bioplastics MAGAZINE is no official publication of any association. However, we offer associations like European Bioplastics, BCPN, BPI etc. space to publish their messages. A wedding dress made from a tissue of delicate fabric created with Ingeo fiber made from NatureWorks ® PLA, took centre stage at the start of the first European Bioplastics conference in Brussels on 21st and 22nd November, 2006. This apparel creation symbolizes the creative potential and drive behind NatureWorks LLC, as the company proclaimed. The dress was designed by Franco Francesca and sponsored by Coldiretti, one of the main agricultural associations in Europe. Ingeo fiber is the world’s first man-made fiber derived from 100% annually renewable resources. Ingeo fiber combines the qualities of natural and synthetic fibers in a new way. Strength and resilience are balanced with comfort, softness and drape in textiles. In addition, Ingeo fiber has good moisture management characteristics. This means that Ingeo fiber is ideally suited to fabrics from fashion to furnishings. www.ingeofibers.com photo: bioplastics MAGAZINE bioplastics MAGAZINE [01/07] Vol. 2

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