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Show Preview Purac New applications, new markets and improved product performance have always been the focus of Purac’s continuous innovation efforts and partnerships. At the NPE 2012 Purac will present solutions for the heat-resistant PLA. High purity PLLA and PDLA are now commercially available. The technology offers the unique possibility to increase the heat-stability of PLA to reach 80 - 150 °C. D-Lactide can be used to develop a range of heat-resistant PLA products for plastics, films, fibers and foam applications. To learn more about this technology meet Purac team at the booth in the “What’s hot in the Plastics Technology” zone. PSM Bioplastic (Teinnovations) PSM Bioplastic, gives manufactures the flexibility to achieve a wide variety of environmental goals. PSM biodegradable resins (HL-300 series) are specially designed to be run as a standalone material where endof-life disposal is the primary consideration. These resins can be used to produce parts that are 100% compostable by ASTM standards (e.g. D6400, D5338). PSM bio-based resins (HL-100 series) increase the bio content of products traditionally made entirely of petroleum based plastic, while still remaining extremely cost competitive. Blending a high percentage of PSM with a small amount of conventional plastic, yields excellent results. But using even just a small amount of PSM Biobased material will add an ecologically friendly aspect to just about any product, and has very little impact on part cost, performance, and production. (editor’s note:) However, the material will not be biodegradable. All PSM materials have a very high temperature tolerance for demanding injection molding, thermoforming, and flexible film applications. www.purac.com 54048 South & North Halls SPI Bioplastics Council The SPI Bioplastics Council is the leading North American bioplastics group focused on the development of bioplastics as an integral part of the plastics industry. At NPE’2012 the SPI Bioplastics Council will be hosting the ‘Business of Bioplastics’ educational program on Tuesday, April 3 as part of SPI’s Business of Plastics Conference. The session, focused on the state of the industry, will include leaders from the bioplastics industry and U.S. government as well as a highly interactive panel discussion. In addition, representatives from the SPI Bioplastics Council will be in the booth to talk about the Council’s activities and its 2012 focus on education, awareness, communication and policy/government issues that are impacting the industry. www.psmna.com 19027 South & North Halls www.bioplasticscouncil.org. 60047 South & North Halls 36 bioplastics MAGAZINE [01/12] Vol. 7

Show Preview Biopolymers and Biocomposites Research Team The Biopolymers and Biocomposites Research Team (BBRT) at Iowa State University will introduce new biorenewable plant containers developed for the specialty crop industry. The containers are a sustainable replacement for petroleum-based containers and degrade harmlessly when planted in a garden. This research was recently awarded a .9 million grant from USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. BBRT will also display other biobased materials including carbon fibers, self-healing biorenewable polymers, biobased coatings and plastics; and composites made from natural oils, fibers, and agricultural coproducts. BBRT promotes research and development of new formulations and processes for biorenewable polymers and composites. BBRT focuses on renewable oils polymerization, protein-based plastics processing, protein-based adhesives, and cellulosic-based composites. The team has a broad range of knowledge including polymer chemistry, characterization, and processing. www.biocom.iastate.edu 62044 South & North Halls Gneuss Gneuss is a specialist for filtration, processing and measurement technology. The patented Gneuss Rotary Filtration Systems enable fully automatic, process and pressure constant filtration. Gneuss Melt Pressure and Temperature Sensors are characterized by their extremely high precision, combined with a high degree of robustness. Both, Gneuss filtration and measurement technology have been applied for bioplastics such as PLA since several years. The patented MRS Multi Rotation System offers completely new possibilities with regard to the efficient degassing and extrusion of polymer melts and has been tested with PLA as well. LTL Color Compounders LTL Color Compounders is a custom color compounder of engineered thermoplastic resins including biopolymers. Standard product lines include ColorFast ® , ColorRx ® medical and non-biocompatible grade resins, Surlyn Reflection Series ® thermoplastic alloy, and EcoFast recycled compounds. Some markets served are electronics, lawn & garden, medical, personal recreational vehicles, automotive, optical, sports, and agricultural. LTL offers live customer service, no minimum orders, short lead times, and toll compounding. Labs are staffed with experienced color matchers and lab technicians, and lab extrusion equipment is available for customer trials. The company is ISO9001:2008 and ISO13485:2003 certified. Dongguan LTL Color Compounders in China is ISO9001:2008 certified and their operation mirrors LTL’s US operation. In 2010 LTL celebrated its 20th anniversary, and they have many years of experience manufacturing a multitude of resins and color matching to their customers’ requirements. LTL‘s R&D department is continually developing new products, many of which are UL listed. www.ltlcolor-com 50020 South & North Halls NatureWorks NatureWorks, the world’s leading supplier and innovator of biopolymers, plastics made from plants, not oil, is displaying a host of extruded, thermoformed, injection molded, and spun bond and melt blow films, fibers, durable, and semi-durable products. Finished goods include everything from baby wipes to iPhone covers and food-service cutlery to deli containers. Since 2003, NatureWorks has been producing world scale commercial quantities of Ingeo biopolymer and working with the supply chain to develop best practices for conversion of these new grades of resin into the broadest possible range of products. The NatureWorks technical sales team will be on hand to answer questions from engineers, designers, product managers, and plant personnel about the latest in resin grades and developments in converting. There will also be information about the second Ingeo production facility scheduled to come online in 2015, feedstock diversity, and production volume increases. Visitors can compare the price stability aspects of Ingeo with petroleum-based polymers. www.natureworksllc.com 57048 South & North Halls www.gneuss.com 6685, West Hall bioplastics MAGAZINE [01/12] Vol. 7 37

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