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Content Editorial 03 News 05 Application News 26 Event Calendar 45 Suppliers Guide 48 Glossary 46 January/February 01|2009 Award 2008 - Bioplastics Awards - 2009 09 Event review Salone Del Gusto 10 Automotive Bioplastics in Automotive Applications 12 Phylla – powered by sunshine 16 Materials Innovative partnership approach for PLA production 18 From Science & Research The availability of fermentable carbohydrate 36 Basics Foam Coloured loose fill – fun for young and old 21 Expanded PLA as a particle foam 22 First S-Shaped Loose Fill Made from 24 Vegetable Starch Foamed PLA Trays 24 Flexible Foam Made of Starch Based Bioplastic 25 Significant Extrusion Throughput Rate 25 Increase for PLA Foam Politics Biodegradability... Sorting through Facts and Claims 28 Life Cycle Assessment of Bioplastics 32 The Current Status of Bioplastics 42 Development in Japan Basics of PLA 38 Impressum Publisher / Editorial Dr. Michael Thielen Samuel Brangenberg 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 Media Adviser Elke Schulte, Katrin Stein phone: +49(0)2359-2996-0 fax: +49(0)2359-2996-10 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 85 countries. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any form without written permission of 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. The views and opinions expressed by the authors do not necessarily reflect those of the publisher or the ditorial staff. 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 bioplastics MAGAZINE [01/09] Vol. 4

Cosun and Avantium announce collaboration Royal Cosun from Breda and Avantium from Amsterdam (both the Netherlands) recently announced the start of their collaboration. The companies join forces to develop a specific process for the production of a new generation of bioplastics and biofuels from selected organic waste streams. Avantium is developing these bioplastics and biofuels under the name ‘Furanics’. Within the collaboration, Cosun will focus on the selection, isolation and purification of suitable components from agricultural waste streams. Avantium will continue to focus on the development of an efficient, chemically catalyzed production process. The duration of the first phase of the collaboration will be approximately two years. With positive results, the companies intend to scale-up the production technology and implement it on commercial scale. “The further optimization of the value of our agricultural products is of great importance for our future”, said Gert de Raaff, Director Corporate Development at Cosun. “Agricultural products and waste streams will increasingly be used as starting material for the production of chemicals and materials. “ Tom van Aken, CEO at Avantium: “Our collaboration with Royal Cosun fits in perfectly with our strategy to produce Furanics from raw materials that do not compete with the food chain. With this approach, we clearly distinguish ourselves from existing biofuels and bioplastics production processes. By collaborating with Cosun, we gain access to organic waste streams and Cosun’s proven expertise in processing agricultural feedstock.” For a number of years, Avantium has been developing “Furanics”, a new generation of bioplastics and biofuels. Furanics can be produced from biomass such as sugars and other carbohydrates. Avantium’s Furanics bioplastics can be produced cheaper than oil-based plastics and they have attractive properties with the potential to replace traditional plastics in many existing applications. Avantium’s Furanics biofuel program aims to develop a new generation of biofuels with both excellent properties (such as high energy density and mixability with conventional fuels) and competitive production costs. Furanics are a sustainable alternative for materials and fuels that are currently produced from crude oil. By using Furanics, the dependence on crude oil decreases and CO 2 emissions are reduced. Bioplastics Pavillion at AUSPACK 2009 News At AUSPACK 2009, to be held at the Sydney Showgrounds, Sydney Olympic Park, from Tuesday the 16th through to Friday the 19th of June 2009 visitors will have the opportunity to visit a special Bioplastics Pavilion. Biograde, BioPak, Innovia Films, NatureWorks, Plantic Technologies and Plastral will all be exhibiting thirp products under one roof. BioPak will be exhibiting their range of Bioplast potato starch based biopolymers, extruded sheet, compostable copolyester resin, PLA packaging films, compostable self adhesive tapes, composite biodegradable non woven absorbent materials along with examples of commercial applications of these materials. NatureFlex, a flexible wood pulp based filmic packaging material will be the key exhibit on the Innovia Films stand - exhibiting commercial applications featuring this material from around the world. Films include clear, white and metalised versions that are suitable for fresh produce, flow wrapping, labelling face stocks, confectionary & bakery packaging and many other packaging applications. At AUSPACK 2009 visitors will be able to see the full complement of commercially available Ingeo lifestyle products on display. Such will include food packaging solutions of every kind to food serviceware, films wrap applications, plastic cards, as well as electrical appliance casings. Also, a complete assortment of Ingeo applications in apparel, home/office wear and nonwovens for personal care and landscape textiles, demonstrates that Ingeo has become an innovation lifestyle brand for both industry and consumers alike. Plastral will be exhibiting resins and products that are made using vegetable oil and starch feedstocks. Utilisation of these products can help reduce the environmental impact of manufacturing and disposal of single use and multiple use goods and also assist with the diversion of organic waste from landfill to composting. At their stand at AUSPACK 2009, Plantic ® will be showing their two thermoformable sheet grades (Plantic R1and Plantic HP1) which are significant in terms of the environmental and functional solutions they provide to brand owners, converters and retailers. Plantic’s sheet products have a renewable resource content of approximately 85%. Also on display will be a variety of Plantic injection moulding grades which can be used for agriculture and horticulture, medical disposables, personal care, packaging and building and construction, to name a few. bioplastics MAGAZINE [01/09] Vol. 4

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