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Content Editorial ...................................3 News .................................05 - 09 Application News .......................42 - 44 Event Calendar .............................53 Suppliers Guide ........................54 - 56 Companies in this issue .....................58 Events 07 InnoBioPlast 01|2013 January/February Cover Story 10 Mobility of the future Automotive 14 Biobased polymers for automotive safety components 18 Natural fibre composites 22 Ford Motor Company 24 Bio-PET fibres for Nissan electric vehicle Foam 26 Durable and eco-friendly foams 28 High temperature resistant PLA foams 30 Cellulose-based polymer foams 32 Alginsulate foam 34 Bioplastic substrates in horticulture and agriculture 40 ReBioFoam Project Materials 38 Biocomposite uses Green PE 38 Copolyester for consumer electronics From Science and Research 45 Efficient drug release by an absorbable foam Basics 46 PTT Imprint Publisher / Editorial Dr. Michael Thielen (MT) Samuel Brangenberg (SB) contributing editor: Dr. Thomas Isenburg (TI) Layout/Production Julia Hunold, Christos Stavrou Mark Speckenbach 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:4,400 copies bioplastics magazine ISSN 1862-5258 bM 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 Envelopes A part of this print run is mailed to the readers wrapped in bioplastic envelopes sponsored by Minima Technology (Taiwan) Cover Photo: Michael Thielen Follow us on twitter: Like us on Facebook:

News 100% renewable polyols Piedmont Chemical, headquartered in High Point, North Carolina, USA recently announced a new offering of renewable, sustainable polyester polyols – building-block chemical intermediates used in the production of urethane foams, coatings, adhesives and sealants. Piedmont combines Susterra ® propanediol (Bio-PDO) from DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products (DTL, a 50/50 JV of DuPont and Tate & Lyle, headquartered in Loudon, Tennessee, USA) with Bio-Succinic Acid from Myriant Corporation (Quincy, Massachusetts, USA) to produce highpurity, 100% bio-based polyols that are functionally equal and cost-competitive with petroleum-derived polyols without requiring green-price premiums. The technical specification and polyol samples were announced to be available by the end of 2012 for urethane producers looking to utilize green polyols for their end-market applications. The novel polyol formulations combining Susterra Bio- PDO and Bio-Succinic will specifically address the growing global demand for renewable urethanes (and thus renewable polyols) in industrial applications. Industrial applications, including paints and coatings, adhesives and sealants, and microcellular elastomers, represent the single largest enduse sector for polyols. DTL commercially produces Susterra in Loudon, with a capacity of 63,500 tonnes per year. The plant has been operational since November 2006. Myriant will begin commercial production of Bio-Succinic Acid in first quarter 2013 in Lake Providence, Louisiana, USA, with a capacity of 13,600 tonnes per year. Under a strategic collaboration between Piedmont, DTL and Myriant, the three companies have agreed to an open innovation concept by which the polyol formulations will be made available to polyol producers and the urethane industry at large. This means that polyol customers will be able to purchase polyols produced from DTL’s Susterra Bio-PDOand Myriant’s Bio-Succinic Acid from Piedmont as well as from other polyol producers. Piedmont will manufacture the initial polyol product samples and will offer commercial supply of the polyol products to the market. MT BioAmber collaborating with Faurecia and Mitsubishi Chemical for automotive bioplastics BioAmber, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA will be the supplier of biobased succinic acid to a Faurecia-Mitsubishi Chemical partnership for the production of automotive plastics. Faurecia (headquartered in Nanterre, France) has been conducting research into bioplastics derived from 100% natural materials since 2006 (BioMat project) and has now signed an exclusive industrial partnership agreement with Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation (head office: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan) to co-develop bioplastics designed for mass-production for use in automotive interiors. Faurecia plans to develop a full range of bioplastics, which are set to see a boom in the 2015 to 2020 period. The objective of the joint Faurecia-Mitsubishi Chemical program is to develop a polymer that can be used in mass-production for automotive interior parts (door panel trim strip, structural instrument panel and console inserts, air ducts, door panel inserts, etc.). The joint development will start by modifying Mitsubishi Chemical’s patented biomass-derived poly-butylene succinate (PBS) and ultimately target to be produced from 100% bio sources. BioAmber will be the supplier of bio-based succinic acid to the partnership. Under the terms of the agreement, Faurecia will hold exclusive rights to automotive applications of the specific polymers jointly developed under this project. This project builds on several years of development work carried out jointly with BioAmber, the leading specialist in bio-based succinic acid technology. The agreement will enable three market leaders to pool their respective strengths: Faurecia, no. 1 worldwide in automotive interiors, Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation, one of the world’s largest chemical companies and BioAmber, a pioneer in the production of bio-based succinic acid. MT bioplastics MAGAZINE [01/13] Vol. 8 5

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