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Editorial dear readers Great events often generate great anticipation, and NPE, the International Plastics Showcase in Chicago in mid June, is no exception. Despite the current economic situation more than 1,00 exhibitors will present their portfolios to an expected ,000 plastics experts from more than 120 countries. There will also be about 1,000 conference presentations to round off this event. Of course bioplastics will definitely be a feature of the show. Exhibitors will present products or services related to plastics from renewable resources or biodegradable plastics at more than 40 booths. bioplastics MAGAZINE has prepared a comprehensive show preview, including a show floor map, which can be found in the centre of this issue. Another editorial focus in this issue is ‘Material Combinations‘. For a number of applications the use of a single bioplastic material may not offer sufficient properties in terms of performance. However, significantly improved properties can be achieved by a combination with other bioplastics, natural fibres or – if needed – conventional plastics. We also have a focus on ‘Rigid Packaging‘, which not only covers cups and clamshells but also, for instance, foamed packaging. As you read this magazine, and also the last few issues of bioplastics MAGAZINE, you may have the impression that it is always ‘the usual suspects‘ contributing editorial articles. We are of course very grateful for these informative contributions, but we also earnestly invite all producers of raw materials, semi-finished products, final products or services to contribute to the editorial content of bioplastics MAGAZINE. This is a communications medium for the whole bioplastics industry, their customers and other interested parties and we are keen to represent the views of all of our readers. Contributions can be as simple as a letter to the editor, be it about the oxo-discussion, end-oflife scenarios, the bioplastics vs food debate, or whatever. I hope you enjoy reading this issue of bioplastics MAGAZINE and look forward to your comments, opinions or contributions. Yours, Michael Thielen Courtesy Uhde Inventa-Fischer bioplastics MAGAZINE [03/09] Vol. 4 3

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