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Content Editorial ...................................3 News .................................05 - 09 Application News .......................30 - 31 Suppliers Guide ........................50 - 52 Event Calendar .............................53 Companies in this issue .....................54 03|2012 May/June Show-Review 10 Chinaplas 2012 12 NPE 2012 Injection Moulding 18 Sunglasses and more … 20 Innovative toothbrush and more 22 PLA meets Rayon Report 26 Talking rubbish about cement bags Applications 28 Biobased plastic sporting goods Materials 32 New transparent alloy 34 New additive for biopolymers Natural Fibre Composites 36 Snowboard from flax and soy 38 New biofibres for PP-NF-compounds 39 Improved extruder technology for WPC 40 Forestry wastes as fillers automotive plastics 43 Breakthrough in injection moulding of natural fibres Opinion 44 Marketing Your Biobased Commitment to Consumers Basics 48 Castor oil, an important source for bioplastics 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 Media Adviser Elke Hoffmann, Caroline Motyka phone: +49(0)2161-6884467 fax: +49(0)2161 6884468 Print Tölkes Druck + Medien GmbH 47807 Krefeld, Germany Print run: 3,700 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 (Eu) 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 Envelopes A part of this print run is mailed to the readers wrapped in BoPLA envelopes sponsored by Taghleef Industries, S.p.A. Maropack GmbH & Co. KG, and SFV Verpackungen Cover-Ad: Great River (Qin Xin) Plastic Manufacturer CO.,LTD (Photo by Philipp Thielen) 4 bioplastics MAGAZINE [02/12] Vol. 7 Follow us on twitter: Like us on Facebook:

Application News News London2012 mascot Wenlock and Mandeville (Photo ODA) Green plastics ‘going for gold’ The eyes of the world are set to descend on London on the 27th July, as the UK’s capital hosts the 30th Olympic Games. Those attending the Olympics will see the world’s greatest athletes competing for gold but what they might not see, but will almost certainly use, is the biobased and compostable packaging which is set to feature across the Olympic Park’s food outlets. London 2012 is dedicated to becoming the first ever zero waste Games and bioeconomy consultants NNFCC have been advising the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) on the best solutions to achieve this goal. This resulted in the decision to use food packaging made from plant starch and cellulose at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. “Compostable packaging is ideal for events like the Olympics, because packaging contaminated with food can be composted together, helping to cut waste and generate valuable revenue,” said Dr John Williams, Head of Materials at NNFCC. “In addition by coming from renewable resources, these materials help reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and minimise packaging’s impact on the environment.” Materials getting a ‘green’ makeover will include fast food wrappers, sandwich boxes and drink cartons. These materials will be compliant with EN 13432, the agreed European Standard for compostability, and as a result will be suitable for treatment by an in-vessel composter or anaerobic digester. This will allow them to be converted to low-carbon compost and potentially renewable energy. “By sharing our experiences from London 2012 and developing guidelines which can be applied to other events in the future, we will create a lasting legacy for the fast food and catering trade after the Games,” Williams added. bioplastics MAGAZINE will prepare a comprehensive review of bioplastics at the London Olympics 2012 in one of the next issues. MT iBIB ‘12/13 has been published The 2nd edition of the unique international directory of major suppliers of bio-based plastics, composites, intermediates and green additives is distributed to more than 50,000 potential clients worldwide via the nova-Institute’s huge bio-based network. The International Business Directory for Innovative Bio-based Plastics and Composites (iBIB) 2012/13 is published as a print version (book), PDF file, online-database and for the first time also as an eBook and an App (for iPad). The iBIB, published by nova-Institute and bioplastics MAGAZINE is an established feature of the market. The 2012/13 edition presents 80 leading producers of bio-based materials, as well as associations, agencies, engineering and research institutes from 19 countries on 6 continents. There are 15% more subscribers than for the first edition. The market for bio-based plastics and composites continues to show double-figure growth rates and has now gained true international status. New markets such as bio-based plastics, composites, intermediates and green additives are still mostly based on ‘insider knowledge’ which can lead to a lack of transparency, harming the steady growth of the sector. iBIB2012/13 helps firms and clients to find the best bio-based solutions available worldwide: The website offers free and direct access to the database with more than 100 specific criteria and a complete list of profiles. The full PDF version of the iBIB is also available free of charge at this link. bioplastics MAGAZINE [03/12] Vol. 7 5

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