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News from left: Patrick Gerritsen, Frank Eijkman, Jhon Bollen, Oliver Fraaije. Bio4Pack offers One-Stop Shopping Two Dutch thermoforming companies, Nedupak Thermoforming BV (of Rheden, NL) and Plastics2Pack (of Uden, NL), recently announced the forming of ‘Bio4Pack‘ as a new packaging supply company. The new company is headed by Managing Director Patrick Gerritsen, who brings with him several years of know-how and expertise in the area of biobased and biodegradable packaging. Bio4Pack not only offers thermoformed packaging but also all other kinds of packaging made from biobased and/or biodegradable materials, including films, bags and netting, and through to sugar cane trays made from the bagasse, a by-product from the sugar cane industry. “We want to offer our customers a total packaging solution,“ says Oliver Fraajie, Commercial Director of Nedupack, “not just a thermoformed tray or bulk pack.“ And thus the portfolio of Bio4Pack comprises the traditional thermoformed packaging made from bioplastics such as PLA or new thermoformable materials. The range also includes films and bags for all kinds of purposes, e.g shopping bags or flow wrap packaging made from starch based bioplastics such as Biolice ® , Materbi ® or Bioflex ® from FKUR, and also nets for onions, potatoes or fruit and, of course, the labelling on the packaging. “We also offer meat packaging consisting of a thermoformed PLA tray with peelable SiOx coated PLA film, having the same properties as conventional packing“ adds Frank Eijkman, Managing Director of Plastics2Pack. “And for bakery goods such as cakes and cookies we have thermoformed trays and folded boxes from a more rigid PLA sheet. This kind of box is also available for the packaging of bio-chocolate for example.“ Blisters for liquor gift packs or batteries round off the list of examples. “In a nutshell: We are a trading company that offers all types of packaging made from biobased or biodegradable materials,“ says Patrick Gerritsen, “Those that we don‘t produce ourselves at Nedupack or Plastics2pack, we get from partners who I know from the past“. Of course all products are certified according to EN 13432 and Patrick goes even one step further: “We are investigating the possibility of having our products certified and labeled with ‘Climate Neutral‘ (“. Bio4Pack started operations in early August and is proud of the first orders from leading companies in the fresh produce and supermarket businesses. Even if the company initially targets the European market, clients from all over the world can be served via Nedupack‘s partners in many countries. “Another big advantage is that Nedupack Thermoforming have their own design and tool-making department, so we are more flexible and can react much quicker than many other suppliers,“ says Jhon Bollen, Technical Director of Nedupack. Although this new company was founded in a generally difficult economic situation, the entrepreneurs have full confidence in the development of this market. “We are looking forward to convincing more and more supermarkets and other suppliers to switch to bioplastic products - and not only because the traditional resources are finite,“ says Patrick Gerritsen. Oliver Fraaije is convinced that “the customers who buy bio-food are also willing to buy biopackaging.“ - MT Erratum: In the last issue (04/2009) bioplastics MAGAZINE published an article on the NIR sorting field test of NatureWorks Ingeo PLA bottles from a clear PET recycling stream. In table 1 on page 25 the removal efficiency was listed as 3 percent, when it should have been 93 percent. To be clear, 93 percent of the PLA bottles were removed from the clear PET stream. The resulting clear PET bail contained just 453 ppm (parts per million) PLA. The bails were 99.95 percent PET and plastics other than PLA following the storing test. We apologize for this error. bioplastics MAGAZINE [05/09] Vol. 4

News Completely Biodegradable Food Service for Dallas Convention Center Centerplate (Stamford, Connecticut, USA), the hospitality partner to North America‘s premier convention centers and sports stadiums, recently announced the introduction of a completely biodegradable food service solution for the Dallas Convention Center. All of the facility‘s disposable food service items from cups to flatware to napkins will be 100 % biodegradable, dramatically reducing the environmental impact of the site‘s menu operations. The initiative taps Centerplate‘s deep expertise in implementing eco-friendly food service programs for major convention centers and stadiums across North America following its recent work helping the University of Colorado at Boulder transform its 53,750 seat Folsom Field football stadium into a zero-waste facility. For the Dallas Convention Center, the biodegradable program augments the site‘s position as one of the most environmentally sound convention venues in the nation and one of the few to achieve the elite ISO 14001:2004 certification, an international environmental standard which helps organizations limit the negative impact of their operations on the environment. “When a two-million square foot plus operation like the Dallas Convention Center commits to this level of change, the benefits to the overall environment and to the health of the immediate community are substantial,“ said Des Hague, president and CEO of Centerplate. “As part of our commitment to becoming the number one in hospitality and a leader in sustainability, we intend to extend this biodegradable food service solution to all our clients.“ Among the new biodegradable products being introduced are cutlery made from potato starch; clear colored, cornbased cups for beer and soda; and plates, bowls and togo containers made from sugarcane pulp; hot cups that are lined with plant-based plastic; and compostable lines for trash receptacles.”It‘s a point of pride for us to be able to operate a world class venue offering a world class experience while simultaneously maintaining one of the most environmentally responsible facilities in the country,“ said Frank Poe, the director of convention and event services at the Dallas Convention Center. “Centerplate has been a key partner of ours for several years and their ability to successfully implement major changes such as this new biodegradable food service program has played a key role in our overall success.“ - PRNewswire - MT PLA Based Masterbatches At FAKUMA 2009, to be held in Friedrichshafen, Germany in mid October, Austrian Gabriel-Chemie from Gumpoldskirchen is presenting its new MAXITHEN ® BIOL range of colour- and additive masterbatches based on Polylactide (PLA). At a dosage rate up to 5% MAXITHEN BIOL colour masterbatches comply with the composting regulations and the normative standard EN13432. The colour masterbatches are characterised by transparency and high colour strength and can be well processed on existing machines. All PLA based colour- and additive masterbatches are compatible with a lot of other biogenic as well as petrochemical (conventional) polymers and offer a wide range of applications. MAXITHEN BIOL masterbatches can be used for the production of films, form parts, boxes, cups, bottles and other commodities. This new product range is mainly recommended for the colouring of short-dated packaging or thermoformed products (e.g. beverage- or yoghurt cups, trays for meat, fruits and vegetables); but also for the colouring and dressing of agricultural films (mulch and protective films) and auxiliary gardening articles (seedling trays, plant holders, single-use plant pots). bioplastics MAGAZINE [05/09] Vol. 4

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