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interpack Preview

interpack Preview interpack Preview From May 12 to 18 the World’s biggest packaging trade fair will again invite visitors to Düsseldorf, Germany. For the third time in a row, European Bioplastics and Messe Düsseldorf present a large group exhibition about ‘Bioplastics in Packaging’. The first two bioplastics shows with more than 10,000 trade visitors each, sold-out exhibition space and a high interest of public and media give evidence of the importance of sustainable technologies for bio-based and compostable packaging. On the following pages bioplastics MAGAZINE gives a detailed preview on ‘Bioplastics in Packaging’, this year in hall 9. In addition to the short notes you will find a centerfold with a floorplan of hall 9 in the middle of this issue. This will be complemented by a special web-based service at www.bioplasticsmagazine.com. Here you will find additional information and files for download. For interpack 2011, European Bioplastics teams up with strong partners and co-exhibitors from the bioplastics industry to create an experienceable industry representation. Together, the cooperation partners showcase the benefits and the dynamically developing status of the bioplastics industry in the pioneering packaging sector. The European Bioplastics stand will function as an information hub for the bioplastics exhibitors, introduce visitors to the wellknown partners, and will guide all visitors through the ‘bioplastics world’. An attractive presentation of the industry - live: The bioplastics stage at the European Bioplastics stand constitutes the platform to present the bioplastics industry‘s impressive innovations and developments - daily! www.european-bioplastics.org 9E02 The Fachagentur Nachwachsende Rohstoffe e.V. (FNR) is promoting the use of agricultural resources on behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (BMELV). FNR is the central coordinating agency in Germany for the funding of research, development and demonstration projects. However, its tasks also include providing information and advice to a wide range of different target groups as well as supporting the market introduction of products made from renewable resources. Besides the diverse information about the whole field of renewable resources, especially about bioplastics, FNR shows the biopolymer database created from the Fachhochschule Hannover and M-Base on its booth. Farmer ‘Hubert’ explains sustainability to children www.fnr.de 09F01 The products from Biopla factory are made from an annually renewable resource – PLA, which is made from corn. All Biopla PLA products are certified to EN13432, ASTM D6400-99 and similar standards to be 100% biodegradable and 100% compostable. At interpack 2011 Biopla will showcase products such as a Corn Cup: The process of manufacturing the 100% PLA cup uses 68% less energy, produces 65% fewer carbon emissions and conserves water, making the corn cups a substantially greener option than a traditional plastic mug. All of Biopla’s Bio-bags and Bio-films are made from PLA, compostable, biodegradable and renewable. In addition, Biopla not only offer finished products, but they also produce PLA raw material themselves. Various grades of PLA are available for injection moulding, thermoforming and blown film. www.2wplastic.com 9H12 26 bioplastics MAGAZINE [02/11] Vol. 6

interpack Preview Sidaplax is an innovative, international film manufacturer and distributor with over 60 years of experience in the plastic film industry. With four distribution centres, two ISO certified manufacturing plants, and a location in Gentbrugge, Belgium, the company is perfectly positioned to meet their customers just-in-time plastic film requirements anywhere in the world. As the manufacturer and distributor of EarthFirst ® PLA film, an annually renewable product, Sidaplax have the opportunity to offer an environmentally friendly alternative to the petrochemical based films available on the market today. EarthFirst is a biopolymer film and is certified as compostable in line with the DIN EN 13432 and ASTM D6400 standards. EarthFirst films are replacing a number of conventional films in the marketplace. Offering excellent shrink characteristics, high natural dyne level, heat sealability and a high MVTR, EarthFirst is an ideal product for the flexible packaging, shrink sleeve label, lamination and windowing markets. Those who are looking for a truly environmentally friendly product will see innovation in action in Düsseldorf. www.sidaplax.com 09D14 bioMat ® by Pro-Tech and natura packaging stand for a sustainable relationship with their environment and for the conservation of resources. The companies are able to offer an alternative to conventional materials by virtue of their many years of experience in this area. They cooperate closely with their partners worldwide in order to promote new developments, and their specialists are continuously working on ecological product improvements. As raw materials the companies use polylactic acid, plant starch, plant oils, plant fibres and many other resources. In conjunction with partners, films for flow-pack and for thermoforming applications, as well as nets, trays and bags, are produced. Besides these standardised products, it will of course always be considered if customized solutions are needed. All products are demonstrably fully compostable, as guaranteed by European composting standard DIN EN 13432, to which all products are certified. Furthermore, through ISO 9001, 14001 and 22000 standard it is ensured that the products are suitable for use in food packaging. www.biomat.info www.naturapackaging.com 9D04 Xylophane is an efficient barrier against oxygen, grease and odour. A thin layer of Xylophane in the packaging material can prolong the shelf life of many foods and industrial products. Examples of suitable end-use are the packaging of oxygensensitive dairy products, greasy snacks or pet foods, as well as aromatic products such as spices and coffee. Xylophane consists of the natural carbohydrate xylan plus food contact approved additives in order to have customised properties for different areas of application. Xylan is one of the most abundant naturally occurring carbohydrates, but despite this fact, it has until now not been used in industrial applications. Xylan can be isolated from agricultural by-products, such as cereal hulls and husks. Xylophane can be combined with other packaging materials such as paper, cardboard and plastics. Xylophane is applied onto another material layer by dispersion coating. www.xylophane.com 09F10 bioplastics MAGAZINE [06/11] Vol. 6 27

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