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Editorial dear readers Issue number 25, well that’s only the first anniversary that we’re celebrating this year. With our next issue, and physically at interpack 2011 in Düsseldorf, Germany in May, we will celebrate our fifth birthday! We are already looking forward to it. But before that next “mega event”, let’s take a look at this current issue. Again our automotive issue brings you information on the latest developments in this important market sector. It starts with our cover-story on the airbag cover that was already briefly introduced at K’2010. The second highlight is bioplastics foams. From particle foams (or bead foams) to open cell PLA/PBAT foams and PUR foams based on wood feedstock, we cover a broad range of topics. This issue features more rather ‘scientifically based’ articles than previous issues. Some readers have asked for that, but please let us know what you prefer… more scientific papers or more ‘market oriented’ articles. At least we want to try to keep a good balance. And then we have two new episodes in the never-ending story of labels, marks and symbols. The USDA ‘BioPreferred’ programme now offers a voluntary biobased label. At a recent conference a delegate commented that this is all too complicated. As a matter of fact the ‘Final Rule’ for this label, published in the Federal Register is about 24000 words long (for comparison: The Ten Commandments are about 300 words and the US Declaration of Independence approx.. 1500 words…). And then there is Cereplast, calling for design proposals for a new bioplastics symbol in a public competition. What is your opinion about this approach? Enough food for thought … Again, I hope you enjoy reading bioplastics MAGAZINE Sincerely yours Michael Thielen Follow us on twitter: http://twitter.com/bioplasticsmag Be our friend on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/bioplastics-MAGAZINE/103745406344904 bioplastics MAGAZINE [01/11] Vol. 6

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