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Editorial dear readers The automotive industry and foam, usually the highlights of our first issue each year, are again the main topics in this issue, rounded off by industry news, applications news, and a ’basics’ article on PTT polytrimethylene terephthalate, an interesting polyester material... Once in a while … we find information about developments that are not exactly ‘bioplastics’ products or processes. However, sometimes we find them interesting enough to publish in our magazine. In this issue for example, there is the article about the Alginate Foams … but see yourself. Once in a while … we also stumble over products, ideas or developments that do not exactly represent industrially relevant bioplastics products (or do they?). However, some seem very interesting or represent food for further thought, and so we do not want to hold them back. One example is the edible lamp on page 43. Once in a while … I’m asked about our cover girls, and whether we want to continue this. Some readers suggested sometimes having men on the cover, others suggested bioplastics products. Well, after a product (albeit a ‘girl’) on our last issue’s cover page, we now have a man. By the way it is the third man since the beginning of bioplastics MAGAZINE in 2006. I think we’ll continue this way. Please share your opinion with me, if you wish … And last but not least: Once in a while we organize conferences. And this year it will again be a series of three Bioplastics Business Breakfasts B³ during the ‘K-Show’ in Düsseldorf. On October 17 th , 18 th , and 19 th we will again be hosting our mini-symposiums, succinct and to the point, from 8am to 12 noon on the fairgrounds. See page 9 for some first info. ‘Call for Papers’ is open, and we are looking forward to your proposals. Until then, we hope you enjoy reading bioplastics MAGAZINE Sincerely yours Michael Thielen Follow us on twitter! www.twitter.com/bioplasticsmag Be our friend on Facebook! www.facebook.com/bioplasticsmagazine bioplastics MAGAZINE [01/13] Vol. 8 3

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