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News OnColor TM BIO

News OnColor TM BIO Colorants and OnCap TM BIO Additives based on sustainable raw materials PolyOne Corporation recently introduced its new OnColor BIO Colorants and OnCap BIO Additives for use in biodegradable polymers such as polylactide (PLA), polyhydroxybutyrate- valerate copolymer (PHBV), polybutylene succinate (PBS), polybutylene adipate- co-terephthalate (PBAT) and starch blends. „We developed these new colorants and additives in direct response to requests from our customers around the world for products based on sustainable materials,“ said John Van Hulle, vice president and general manager, North American Color for PolyOne color and additives products and services. „OnColor BIO Colorants and OnCap BIO Additives enable our customers to manufacture products with low environmental impact.“ OnColor BIO Colorants are available in a wide range of transparent and opaque colors. The OnCap BIO Additives product line includes denesting, antistatic, slip, antiblock, UV protection, blue tone and anti-fog additives. PolyOne also offers OnColor SmartbatchTM BIO masterbatches, which combine OnColor BIO Colorants and OnCap BIO Additives into a single masterbatch. In addition to offering several standard product grades, PolyOne can customize an OnColor BIO Colorant or OnCap BIO Additive to meet a customer‘s specific processing need or end-use application. PolyOne‘s OnColor BIO Colorants and OnColor BIO Additives meet several global industry and composting standards, including EN 13432 (European Union), ASTM D6400 (U.S.A.), BPS GREENPLA (Japan) and DIN CERTCO (Germany). www.polyone.com PLA based bioplastics from sugar beet and sugarcane residues Bio-On, an Italian start-up company is entering the bioplastics market with a process that produces polylactide based bioplastics (PLA) from sugar beet and sugarcane residues with a claimed efficiency of 95%: Waste streams become valuable resources that can be converted almost in their entirety in a useful product. Sugar beet pulp, one of the prime feedstocks, is usually used as low value animal feed or disposed of at additional cost. Likewise, bagasse and mollases from sugarcane have a relatively low value and are abundantly available. PLA based bioplastics are currently produced almost exclusively from corn and grain starch. But given that prices for these feedstock keep rising because of their use in the production of ethanol, the utilization of new raw materials becomes an attractive proposal. The production of sugar crops, on the contrary, is outstripping demand. Both Brazil and India delivered record crops, and sugar prices have declined in the EU. The production process would reduce energy costs and as it is based on a multi-feedstock strategy, costs for raw materials would be substantially lower than those for traditional PLA production. A first range of products to be developed by Bio-On are a range of biodegradable plastics with natural flame retardants to be used for automotive applications: The planned location of the production plant is quite significant: ‚Plastic Valley‘ in Bologna, the region with a long tradition of developing innovative plastics, with some leading research organisations working on bioproducts. There, Bio-On is creating relations with universities and scientists, and aims to have a production facility ready by 2009. Output would be 10,000 tons. bioplastics MAGAZINE [03/07] Vol. 2

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