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Show Preview NPE’2012

Show Preview NPE’2012 will take place April 1-5, 2012 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, USA, after 40 years in Chicago. The improved economies and logistics of this new venue have encouraged many NPE’2012 exhibitors to bring more machinery to the show, much of it to be operated on-site, according to John Effmann of ENTEK Manufacturing Inc, who is chairman of NPE’2012. But not only machinery will be presented in Orlando. Besides conventional plastics NPE will again be a showcase and technology exchange for polymers derived from corn, castor beans, soybeans, potatoes, tapioca, and other natural resources. Again bioplastics will be one of the most interesting topics in this year‘s NPE‘2012, The International Plastics Showcase organized by SPI (The Society of the Plastics Industry). bioplastics MAGAZINE will not only be an exhibitor (please come and see us at booth 58047, South & North Halls) but will also offer a comprehensive show preview below (including a floor plan as a centerfold in this issue) and a show review in issue 03/2012. On our website you will find more bioplastics related info about NPE as we approach the show … Resirene The BIORENE ® family of Resirene are hybrid resins of PS or PP and thermoplastic starch, and they represent a biobased alternative to traditional plastics. The PS-Starch blend, Biorene HA-40 is ‘OK Biobased’ certified and be used to produce a wide range of everyday products, such as disposables, pen barrels, cutlery and the like. BIORENE resins deliver a competitive performance versus traditional plastics and can be processed in the same machinery as ordinary plastics. Another benefit is that Biorene uses lower processing temperatures, up to 50°F, thus enhancing productivity and saving energy costs. The benefits using Biorene: • Easy to process • Competitive performance • OK-Biobased certified (editor’s note:) However, Biorene products should not be marketed as biodegradable, as they content non biodegradable PS or PP 63027 South & North Halls Teknor Apex The Bioplastics Division of Teknor Apex will be highlighting the following new products: High-impact, high-heat PLA: Enhanced PLA compounds overcome the inverse relationship between heat distortion temperature (HDT) and Izod impact strength that is typical in standard PLA. Injection molding grades provide up to two times the HDT and up to six times the Izod impact strength of standard PLA resins. Extrusion/thermoforming grades exhibit up to two times the HDT and more than four times the Izod impact strength. Compostable compound for blown film: A blend of thermoplastic starch (TPS) and biodegradable copolyester (PBAT) degrades more rapidly than the copolyester alone, broadening application possibilities for film products intended for composting. Additives for PLA: A series of pellet masterbatches with PLA carrier resins enhance the processing and enduse performance of PLA. The additives include products for increasing impact strength, enhancing melt strength, and serving as a release agent in molding and extrusion. 58038 South & North Halls 32 bioplastics MAGAZINE [01/12] Vol. 7

Show Preview IDES The IDES Prospector Plastics Search Engine includes 84463 plastic material datasheets from 864 global resin manufacturers. At NPE 2012 IDES will be highlighting the bioplastics search functionality in their Prospector Plastics Database. The number of bioplastics listed in the system has grown tremendously and there are now nearly 2500 grades that are biodegradable, include recycled content or are derived from renewable resources. Additionally, several bioplastics within the database are available for medical and healthcare applications. 34020 South & North Halls RTP Company Global custom engineered thermoplastics compounder RTP Company has received ‘USDA Certified Biobased Product’ labels for two of its PLA-based bioplastic specialty compounds through the USDA‘s BioPreferred Voluntary Labeling Initiative. Following the program‘s requirements, RTP Company‘s compounds were thirdparty tested in accordance with ASTM D6866 procedures and renewable biobased carbon content is reported as a percent of total carbon content. RTP 2099 X 121249 C Natural, is a 30% glass fiber reinforced PLA grade. Because the glass fiber component of this compound does not contain any carbon, this product has been certified to have a biobased carbon content of 99%. With tensile strength and flexural modulus properties exceeding those of 30% glass fiber reinforced polypropylene (PP) and comparable to 30% glass fiber reinforced polybutylene terephthalate (PBT). RTP 2099 X 126213 Natural, is a polylactic acid/ polycarbonate (PLA/PC) alloy with a biobased carbon content of 26%. With shrinkage, impact, and heat distortion temperature similar to many PC/ABS alloys 39027 South & North Halls Photo courtesy of Brooks Sports Inc. Merquinsa Merquinsa presents several commercial applications from large global brands applying Bio TPU from renewable sources (bio content from 20% up to 90% according to ASTM D6866). One example is Ford Motor Company’s use of renewable-sourced materials which prompted the selection of Pearlthane ® ECO for the Lincoln MKZ tambour console door. Other sports, footwear, automotive & industrial companies have adopted and turned to Bio TPU since then: Bio TPU is now a commercial reality globally. Merquinsa’s Bio TPU is used for example by Brooks Sports in running goods. The Bio TPU product portfolio includes UV-stabilized grades in a wide range of hardnesses for molding and extrusion applications: In addition, Bio TPU allows part weight reduction up to 7%. From 80 Shore A up to 95 Shore A hardness, Bio TPU offers lower density, and thus, is a lower cost solution. See data below on standard petroleum-based Pearlthane vs. Renewable-sourced Pearlthane ECO TPU grades: Merquinsa was recently acquired by The Lubrizol Corporation. The Merquinsa products will be integrated into Lubrizol’s Engineered Polymers business. Leistritz Wide ranging twin screw extrusion technologies will be displayed at the Leistritz NPE 2012 exhibit. A partial list of what will be exhibited includes: A ZSE-50 MAXX twin screw extruder configured for both reactive and direct extrusion. The model as exhibited is particularly suited for the processing of biopolymers The ZSE-40 MAXX on display will be equipped with a new swing-gate strand die assembly. The co-rotating twin screw extruder is ideal for masterbatch and custom compounding production. The swing gate frontend assembly is ideal for processing shear sensitive bioplastics. In a special Lab-scale twin screw extruder display area Leistritz will display a nano-16 twin screw extruder system (particularly beneficial for processing biopolymer compounds in the early stages of development when material availability is limited to 100 grams or less), a ZSE-18 twin screw extruder: and a Micro-27 modular, multi-mode twin screw extruder. The co-/counterrotating feature of the Micro 27 facilitates wide ranging development efforts for biopolymer compounds. www.leistritz – 5975 West Hall 35004 South & North Halls bioplastics MAGAZINE [01/12] Vol. 7 33

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