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News NatureWorks invests million in applications lab NatureWorks invested million and 18 months of staff time to transform its former pilot plant in Savage, Minnesota, into an Ingeo bioresin applications lab capable of commercial grade compounding, sheet extrusion, thermoforming, injection molding, and fiber spinning. “Some of the tasks of the new NatureWorks’ application lab include developing and testing compounds on commercial machines, moving Ingeo natural plastic into new product areas, educating converters about Ingeo processing characteristics, and working side by side with brand owners and retailers to test their product concepts,” said Marc Verbruggen, president and CEO. “The lab is designed to enable NatureWorks, converters, and brand owners to bring quality products made from renewable resources to market quickly and effectively.” Naturellyseda Receives 2009 Packaging Oscar The new range of NaturellySeda products has been awarded a Packaging Oscar 2009 thanks to the increasingly eco-sustainable and eco-compatible packaging emerging from the manufacturing partnership between Novamont and Seda (Arzano, Italy). The award was presented recently by the Istituto Italiano Imballaggio in the Environment special sections category for its contribution to prevention of environmental problems, based on factors such as energy savings, use of recycled materials, improved logistics, re-use, enhanced recycling processes and simplified packaging. NaturellySeda is a new range of recyclable, biodegradable and compostable containers, by Seda. The line includes glasses for cold drinks and single- and double-walled cups for hot drinks, as well as containers and lids for ice cream and yoghurt, made in paper and a type of Novamont’s Mater-Bi ® containing raw materials from vegetable oils. The NaturellySeda line is not only made with sustainable raw materials, it uses efficient manufacturing cycles to reduce environmental impact. In accordance with standards EN 13428, EN 13430, EN 13431 and CR 139-1/2, NaturellySeda products can be recycled and also composted after use. Biowerkstoff-Kongress 2009 26. – 27. Oktober 2009, ICS Internationales Congresscenter Stuttgart Partner Biowerkstoffe sind Werkstoffe, die vollständig oder in relevantem Maße auf Agrarrohstoffen oder Holz basieren. Dazu zählen u.a. Biokunststoffe, Naturfaser-Verbundwerkstoffe sowie Holz-Polymer- Werkstoffe (Wood Plastic Composites). In Europa werden aktuell jährlich bereits 400.000 t dieser neuen Werkstoffe eingesetzt, Tendenz steigend. Seien Sie also dabei, wenn führende Experten der Branche zusammen kommen und über die folgenden Punkte diskutieren: ■ Branchen und Anwendungen ■ Marktsituation und Trends ■ Verarbeitungsverfahren und Materialeigenschaften ■ Forschung und Entwicklung Praxisorientiert für Entwickler, Produzenten, Handel und Anwender Ansprechpartner Dominik Vogt, Tel.: +49 (0) 22 33 – 48 14 49, Veranstalter Medienpartner nova-Institut GmbH | Chemiepark Knapsack | Industriestraße | 50354 Hürth | | bioplastics MAGAZINE [03/09] Vol. 4

European Bioplastics Board with Managing Director and Secretary General (from left: Harald Kaeb, Philipp Depiereux, Erika Mink, Jens Hamprecht, Francesco Degli-Innocenti, Andy Sweetman, Jöran Reske, Hasso von Pogrell, inserted: Hans van der Pol) News European Bioplastics Has a New Board Association with new Board, Managing Director and Secretary General End of April, the industry association European Bioplastics elected a new Board during the General Assembly. The new Board is chaired by Andy Sweetman (Innovia Films). Francesco Degli-Innocenti (Novamont) and Joeran Reske (Interseroh) are Vice-Chairmen. The former Chairman, Harald Kaeb, was nominated Secretary General. On 1 March 2009, Hasso von Pogrell was appointed as the new Managing Director. The newly elected executive committee succeeds the former Board led by Harald Kaeb. After 1 years of Board membership and ten years as Chairman, Harald Kaeb will hold the position of Secretary General within the association, working as spokesman and political advisor (read the interview with Harald Kaeb on page 8). Kaeb‘s successor Andy Sweetman declared:”The key visions of European Bioplastics will remain and will be pursued with renewed vigour: To promote awareness of the benefits that can be derived from best use of bioplastics in the marketplace. To ensure that environmental claims on biodegradability and compostability; renewability and sustainability can be transparently and independently substantiated.” bioplastics MAGAZINE will do a comphenesive interview with Andy Sweetman in the next issue. In the course of its strategic expansion, European Bioplastics had already nominated a new Managing Director on 1 March 2009. Hasso von Pogrell, formerly Managing Director for the association of the German sawmill industry, is responsible for the internal affairs of European Bioplastics. Additionally, the number of Board members has been increased to seven. Further Board members are: Philipp Depiereux (Alesco), Jens Hamprecht (BASF), Erika Mink (Tetra Pak) and Hans van der Pol (Purac), who was designated treasurer. Two permanent working groups, ‘Bioplastics and the Environment’ and ‘Waste and Recovery’ have been established. The measures taken are in response to the fast-paced growth of the association and its need to strengthen its representation in Europe. European Bioplastics is the European bioplastics industry association. Supporting members of the association are leading companies from the agricultural raw materials, chemicals and plastics industries, foodstuff producers and waste management companies. bioplastics MAGAZINE [03/09] Vol. 4

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