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Materials Renewable naphtha for producing bioplastics Neste Oil, Espoo, Finland - the world´s largest producer of renewable diesel - has launched the commercial production and sales of renewable naphtha for corporate customers. Among others NExBTL renewable naphtha can be used as a feedstock for producing bioplastics. Neste Oil is one of the world´s first companies to supply bio-naphtha on a commercial scale. NExBTL naphtha is produced as a side product of the biodiesel refining process at Neste Oil´s sites in Finland, the Netherlands, and Singapore. NExBTL biodiesel is made of more than 50% crude palm oil, over 40% of waste and residue (such as waste animal fat), and the rest out of various vegetable oils. Thus the bio-naphta is 100% based on renewable resources. “All our raw materials are fully traceable and comply fully with sustainability criteria embedded in biofuels-related legislation (e.g. EU RED)”, as Kaisa Hietala, Vice President, Renewable Fuels at Neste Oil explained to bioplastics MAGAZINE. All ethylene, propylene, butylene, and butadiene-based polymers can be derived from NExBTL Renewable Naphtha. These are for example PE, PP, PVC, Acrylates, PET, ABS, SAN, ASA, Epoxies, Polyurethanes and include biodegradable polymers such as PBAT or PBS. Bioplastics produced from NExBTL naphtha can be used in numerous industries that prioritize the use of renewable and sustainable raw materials, such as companies producing plastic parts for the automotive industry and packaging for consumer products. The mechanical and physical properties of bioplastics produced from NExBTL renewable naphtha are fully comparable with those of plastics produced from fossil naphtha; and the carbon footprint of these plastics is smaller than that of conventional fossil-based plastics. Bioplastic products produced from NExBTL renewable naphtha can be recycled with conventional fossil-based plastic products, and can be used as a fuel in energy generation following recycling. 30 bioplastics MAGAZINE [06/12] Vol. 7

BIOADIMIDE TM IN BIOPLASTICS. EXPANDING THE PERFORMANCE OF BIO-POLYESTER. NEW PRODUCT LINE AVAILABLE: BIOADIMIDE ADDITIVES EXPAND THE PERFOMANCE OF BIO-POLYESTER BioAdimide additives are specially suited to improve the hydrolysis resistance and the processing stability of bio-based polyester, specifically polylactide (PLA), 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 of an extruded PLA 20 to 30 percent compared to an unstabilized grade, allowing for consistent and easier processing. The two grades can also be combined, offering both hydrolysis stabilization and improved processing, for an even broader range of applications. Focusing on performance for the plastics industries. Whatever requirements move your world: We will move them with you. bioplastics MAGAZINE [06/12] Vol. 7 31

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