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However, the long-term

However, the long-term properties of PLA-based materials intended for durable applications are to be validated over different time periods and aggressive environment conditions, before thinking to extend their automotive applications. Bio-based polypropylene (bio-PP) Petrochemical polypropylene (PP) is largely used in modern cars, and this is an important motivation for developing alternative greener materials with similar features, able to substitute it. Several attempts were made for obtaining bio-PP via bio-ethanol from different renewably feedstocks. For instance, Braskem and Novozymes announced a research partnership to develop large-scale production of green PP from sugarcane, a resin already obtained on laboratory scale (Braskem) and certified as 100% renewable. In the same time, Mazda is actively developing a bio-route for obtaining various PP and ethylenepropylene copolymers from cellulosic biomass. These new bio-based materials are intended in future to replace their petrochemical counterparts automotive applications such as (i) car bumpers and bumper spoilers, lateral siding, roof/boot spoilers, rocker panels, body panels; (ii) dashboards and dashboard carriers, door pockets and panels, consoles; (iii) heating ventilation air conditioning, battery covers, air ducts, pressure vessels, splash shields. In future, the new bio-based PP could also gradually shift the petrochemical PP from its biocomposites with natural fibers, in trim SusPack conference on sustainable packaging 2012 For the second time at the Anuga FoodTec, the conference „Sustainable Packaging - SusPack 2012“ is taking place from March 29th - 30th 2012. At the two-day conference (at Koelnmesse, Cologne) current issues and solutions for sustainability in the packaging industry will be presented and discussed. The focus is on bio-based packaging: Where and in what form have they been able to establish? What benefi ts do they bring? What has to be considered in the use? And fi nally, what innovations, trends and potentials are becoming evident? Topics new developments in bio-packaging End-of-life options overview over packaging market SusPack 2012: booking now on how to reduce food decay through new packaging solutions packaging from bio-based Polyethylen Call for papers & SusPack Award PLA based car seat fabric (photo: Mazda) parts applications in dashboards, door panels, parcel shelves, seat cushions, backrests and cabin linings, car disk brakes and even for exterior applications, such as the engine/transmission covers in Mercedes-Benz Travego Coach. General Conclusions Recent economical and ecological increasing concerns are offering strong motivations for substituting the well-known polymeric materials derived from fossil feedstocks and, in some cases, some metal materials with more ecofriendly materials from renewable resources, for a wide range of durable applications. More particularly, the green high-end polymeric materials are presenting a large potential for car applications and this trend is expected to grow over the next decades, knowing that the next-generation of vehicles will need to show enhanced efficiency in material use and increased technical and functional performances, while providing improved ecological footprint and less dependence on fossil feedstock costs. [1] Handbook of Bioplastics and Biocomposites Engineering Applications, chapter “Bioplastics and Bioplastics and Vegetal Fibre Reinforced Bioplastics in Automotive Applications”, edited by Srikanth Pilla Take part and send your application to Ms. Lena Scholz, phone: +49 (0)2233 48 1448, e-mail:, by January 27 th , 2012. Organiser Partner Do you have any questions concerning SusPack 2012? We are happy to help you! Mr. Dominik Vogt Tel.: +49 (0) 22 33 – 48 14 49 16 bioplastics MAGAZINE [01/12] Vol. 7

BIOADIMIDE TM IN BIOPLASTICS. EXPANDING THE PERFORMANCE OF BIO-POLYESTER. NEW PRODUCT LINE AVAILABLE: BIOADIMIDE ADDITIVES EXPAND THE PERFOMANCE OF BIO-POLYESTER BioAdimide additives are specially suited to improve the hydrolysis resistance and the processing stability of bio-based polyester, specifically polylactide (PLA), and to expand its range of applications. Currently, there are two BioAdimide grades available. The BioAdimide 100 grade improves the hydrolytic stability up to seven times that of an unstabilized grade, thereby helping to increase the service life of the polymer. In addition to providing hydrolytic stability, BioAdimide 500 XT acts as a chain extender that can increase the melt viscosity of an extruded PLA 20 to 30 percent compared to an unstabilized grade, allowing for consistent and easier processing. The two grades can also be combined, offering both hydrolysis stabilization and improved processing, for an even broader range of applications. Focusing on performance for the plastics industries. Whatever requirements move your world: We will move them with you.

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