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Guest Editorial dear readers Every 3 years the packaging industry packs its bags and arrives in Düsseldorf for the largest packaging show in the World – INTERPACK. 6 years ago European Bioplastics set up a small pavilion to introduce this new school of materials – Bioplastics – but it was very early days and the functional capability of the materials was quite limited. And, if I remember correctly, the show was also the soundingboard to assess the potential viability of a publication specifically aimed at our industry. Indeed, within a year the first issue of bioplastics MAGAZINE landed on our desks… 3 years later and our industry shared a larger pavilion with elements of the sustainable paper industry. The technical progress made by our industry was evident to see; the materials were starting to show evident technical progress with stands demonstrating a mixture of real commercial packs and developmental concepts. And now, in 2011, we‘re back here again; but this time the industry has grown sufficiently mainstream to find its way into the ‘normal’ halls. We’re following the same format of keeping our stands close together, so that partners and potential customers can find us in a kind of ‘one stop shop’. I anticipate we’ll all be showcasing the major technical and commercial progress made to date; what will be evident is that the products on show are increasingly showing ‘conventional’ plastic packaging performance albeit using materials that are either bioderived, biodegradable after use, or both. And at the same time we’ll be celebrating the 5th birthday of bioplastics MAGAZINE. Congratulations to Michael and the team and we’ll raise our glasses at the show to toast the next five years!! Andy Sweetman Chairman – European Bioplastics Follow us on twitter: http://twitter.com/bioplasticsmag Be our friend on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/bioplastics-MAGAZINE/103745406344904 bioplastics MAGAZINE [02/11] Vol. 6 3

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