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Show Preview PolyOne reSound Biopolymer Compounds: Bio-based Compounds for Durable Applications. PolyOne’s reSound compounds combine high performance engineering thermoplastic resins with bio-derived polymers such as polylactic acid (PLA) for a unique balance of temperature, impact and cost performance, making them ideal candidates for durable applications across a variety of industries. Previously, manufacturers of durable goods had little opportunity to enhance sustainability by integrating biopolymers into their product design, due to the limited performance properties of unmodified biopolymers. Customers now have the freedom to design using reSound biopolymer compounds, a solution that provides improved performance and significant bio-based content to address marketplace demand for sustainable solutions. Tianjin Tianjin Greenbio Material Co., Ltd. produce Sogreen PHA products through fermentation from non-GMO natural sugars and starch and can supply a wide range of products – PHA powder and different grades of PHA blended pellets for blown film, extrusion foaming, injection molding and fiber drawing. They can be degraded into carbon dioxide and water by microorganisms in a variety of environments including soil, sewage, fresh and marine waters within 3-6 months. Compared to functionally equivalent plastic products, they do not cause any harm to the environment. As derived from plants rather than from oil, our PHA products have very low greenhouse gas emissions throughout their life cycle. Thus, it is truly “from nature and back to nature”. www.polyone.com N1F41 www.tjgreenbio.com N3L01 Rhein Chemie Rhein Chemie’s innovative product line BioAdimide has been specifically formulated for bioplastics and is poised to widen the applications of bio-based plastic. It enables the production of renewable, bio-based polymers for durable applications with a lower environmental impact. BioAdimide additives are specially suited to improve the hydrolysis resistance of bio-based polyester, 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 by 20 – 30% compared to an unstabilized grade, allowing for consistent and easier processing. The two grades can also be combined, providing both hydrolysis stabilization and improved processing, for an even broader reach of applications. Wells Plastics * Wells Plastics Limited is the developer, owner and manufacturer of the Reverte oxobiodegradable technology and trademarks. Wells supports Reverte with an unrivalled laboratory facility at which Reverte laboratory staff conduct a raft of tests on customer specific finished products ensuring correct addition levels of Reverte and performance of the product. Reports are issued for each individual customer. Many brand owners have seen the benefits in using Reverte in a wide range of applications, from check-out bags through to complex laminate structures for food packaging. Reverte has also been used in technical applications where the degradation profile is critical to provide a functioning product, such applications include netting and agricultural films. In addition to the standard grades of Reverte Wells will be unveiling a new check-out bag grade of Reverte, which contains the same additive package which has achieved ASTM 6954-04 in polyethylene applications but with a more cost effective method of delivery, making Reverte even more competitive and the best all-round solution for oxo-biodegradability on the marketplace. www.bioadimide.com N1E01 www.reverteplastics.com N3L11 34 bioplastics MAGAZINE [02/12] Vol. 7

Additives New products for bio-based polyesters Rhein Chemie (Mannhein, Germany) was honored by Frost & Sullivan with the Global New Product Innovation Award 2011 in the Bioplastic Additives Market for its new product line BioAdimide. This additive has been specifically developed for bioplastics and is poised to widen the applications of bio-based polyesters. Additive solutions to expand the applications of bio-based polyesters The new product line under the trade name BioAdimide of Rhein Chemie’s Engineering Plastics Division enables renewable, bio-based polymers for durable applications like E&E, automotive interior, etc. “The inherent deficiencies of bioplastics, such as poor processing characteristics and insufficient physical and mechanical properties, have limited the opportunities for their expansion into advanced application arenas,“ notes Frost & Sullivan Industry Analyst Deepan Kannan. “However, with the incorporation of BioAdimide as an additive in the bioplastic formulation, these challenges can be avoided, facilitating their use in high end applications.“ „We are very pleased that Frost & Sullivan selected us for this award from many strong competitors. They recognized the innovation of our new BioAdimide product line which enables the industry to use bio-based polymers for durable applications with a lower environmental impact. The increasing use of renewable bioplastics leads to significant reduction in the carbon footprint, boosting overall sustainability” emphasized Fei Tan, Head of Global Business Development, Engineering Plastics Division. Currently, there are two BioAdimide grades available. The BioAdimide 100 grade improves the hydrolytic stability up to seven times 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 20 to 30 % compared to an unstabilized grade,making it more stable and easier to process in extrusion, blow-molding or filament applications. The two grades can also be combined, providing both hydrolysis stabilization and improved processing, for an even broader reach of applications. The new product line opens up the possibility for bioplastics to expand into previously out of reach durable markets . Moreover, the addition of BioAdimide offers the ability to incorporate higher levels of regrind into customer formulations. The amount of regrind can be increased to a level as high as 40%. MT Retained tensile strength [%] Melt volume rate [cm 3 /10 min] 100 80 60 40 20 6 5 4 3 2 1 0 3,4 0 Unstabilized 1 x extruded Hydrolysis stabilization Testing conditions: 65°C in water 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 Time [days] Unstabilized 1 x extruded 0.75% BioAdimide 100 + 0.75% BioAdimide 500 XT Melt volume rate modification Testing conditions: 200°C / 2.16 kg 4,2 0.5% BioAdimide 100 + 1.0% BioAdimide 500 XT 1.0% BioAdimide 100 + 0.5% BioAdimide 500 XT 4,5 4,6 1.0% BioAdimide 100 The BioAdimide product line enables the production of renewable, bio-based polymers for durable applications with a lower environmental impact 1.5% BioAdimide 100 www.bioadimide.com bioplastics MAGAZINE [02/12] Vol. 7 35

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