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Content Editorial ...................................3 News ......................................5 Application News ...........................40 Suppliers Guide ............................62 Event Calendar .............................65 Companies in this issue .....................66 02|2012 January/February Imprint Publisher / Editorial Dr. Michael Thielen Samuel Brangenberg Layout/Production Mark Speckenbach, Julia Hunold Head Office Polymedia Publisher GmbH Dammer Str. 112 41066 Mönchengladbach, Germany phone: +49 (0)2161 6884469 fax: +49 (0)2161 6884468 info@bioplasticsmagazine.com www.bioplasticsmagazine.com Media Adviser Elke Hoffmann, Caroline Motyka phone: +49(0)2161-6884467 fax: +49(0)2161 6884468 eh@bioplasticsmagazine.com Print Tölkes Druck + Medien GmbH 47807 Krefeld, Germany Total Print run: 7,200 copies bioplastics magazine ISSN 1862-5258 bioplastics magazine is published 6 times a year. This publication is sent to qualified subscribers (149 Euro for 6 issues). bioplastics MAGAZINE is printed on chlorine-free FSC certified paper. bioplastics MAGAZINE is read in 91 countries. Not to be reproduced in any form without permission from the publisher. The fact that product names may not be identified in our editorial as trade marks is not an indication that such names are not registered trade marks. bioplastics MAGAZINE tries to use British spelling. However, in articles based on information from the USA, American spelling may also be used. Editorial contributions are always welcome. Please contact the editorial office via mt@bioplasticsmagazine.com. Envelopes A part of this print run is mailed to the readers wrapped in envelopes sponsored and produced by Minima Technologies Cover: Michael Thielen 4 bioplastics MAGAZINE [02/12] Vol. 7 Follow us on twitter: http://twitter.com/bioplasticsmag Be our fan on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/bioplastics-MAGAZINE/103745406344904

Application News News Expertise in PLA closedcycle waste management Closed-cycle waste management for PLA from all stages of the value chain: this is the aim of RE|PLA Cycle GmbH (Cologne, Germany), a new subsidiary in the Reclay Group. RE|PLA Cycle is the first provider to set up PLA closedcycle waste management for reusable materials in the area of post-industrial waste. This concerns production waste from manufacturers, processors and fillers, for example. Various pilot projects were carried out in sorting and recycling plants alongside process optimisation and establishment of the necessary logistics structures. “It was obvious that corresponding innovative recycling arrangements had to be created in parallel with the introduction and growing usage of PLA. The special characteristics of this bioplastic had hampered developments in the past. RE|PLA Cycle brought together all those involved – from manufacturers to the recycling industry – and did their homework with the help of this joint expertise. We have therefore laid the foundations for the further development of the market,” stated Raffael A. Fruscio, management member of RE|PLA Cyclne and shareholder of the Reclay Group. RE|PLA Cycle is also working on solutions to enable PLA products from the area of post-consumer waste, after collection in (e.g. German yellow) recycling bags, to be processed in closed-cycle waste management in future. This should eliminate criticism in this respect relating to the use of PLA products in the packaging industry. “We already achieve high-quality recycling results in the area of post-industrial waste and would like to do the same for post-consumer waste as well,” remarked Dr. Edmund Stassen, director of the waste disposal business at the Reclay Group. “Although the current volume is still too low, the issue of finite fossil resources means that it is only a matter of time before bioplastics, made either wholly or partly of renewable resources, will be used to a significant extent. RE|PLA Cycle is already preparing the necessary structures for recycling,” added Dr. Stassen. In addition to the development of complete systems for PLA, the product spectrum of RE|PLA Cycle also comprises the realisation of individual projects and support for all aspects relating to PLA as a key issue for the future. For example, RE|PLA Cycle provides companies with advice on the use of PLA right from the initial idea, and provides the necessary technical knowledge and engineering expertise to ensure successful implementation. As the volume of PLA used increases, RE|PLA Cycle will develop further innovative services and products – tailored entirely to the needs of market participants. MT Danone and RE|PLA Cycle cooperate Danone GmbH (Munich,Germany) and RE|PLA Cycle GmbH (Cologne, Germany) have agreed to cooperate in the area of resource recycling. The aim of the new RE|PLA Cycle GmbH, a subsidiary of the Reclay Group is to achieve a closed recycling loop for PLA throughout the stages of the value chain (see left). In 2011, Danone introduced a yoghurt pot made from PLA, which is collected via the German ‘Yellow Bin’ (or yellow bags) system for lightweight packaging waste. “It is our aim to reduce the use of fossilbased raw materials as much as possible”, said Pierre-Alexandre Tupinon, Sourcing & Supplier Development Director Central Western Europe at Danone. The collaboration with RE|PLA Cycle is an important step for us to advance recycling. RE|PLA Cycle with the many years of experience of the Reclay Group is ideally positioned to tackle these challenges. RE|PLA Cycle is the first supplier to develop a closed PLA recycling loop in the post-industrial sector, we can build on this. “However, recycling PLA, given its special characteristics, is particularly complicated”, says Raffael A. Fruscio, partner of the Reclay Group. “We trust that we will be able to solve the issues surrounding PLA recycling in collaboration with further partners and our joint know-how. We believe that we are able to make a positive contribution to the development of the market this way”, Raffael Fruscio continues. MT www.danone.com www.reclay-group.com bioplastics MAGAZINE [02/12] Vol. 7 5

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