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Content Editorial ...................................3 News ...................................5 - 7 Events .....................................8 Application News .......................35 - 37 Event Calendar .............................48 Suppliers Guide ........................50 - 52 Companies in this issue .....................54 Report 10 Market statistics, facts and technical data on bioplastics 22 New market study on bio-based polymers 02|2013 March/April Rigid Packaging 12 New technology for PLA-based thermoforming 14 Thermoforming with Transparent Paper 16 Bio-based materials for MAP 17 Thermoformed on-the go boxes 18 Accurate environmental claims for thermoformed products Material Combinations 20 Sophiticated blends for durable biopolymers Chinaplas preview 26 Chinaplas 28 Showguide with floorplan Materials 32 New Algae Bioplastics 33 On the way to fully bio-based PET 34 Structural infusion resin Applications 38 PUMA introduces biodegradable products 40 Mercedes engine cover Basics 42 Biorefinery Imprint Publisher / Editorial Dr. Michael Thielen (MT) Samuel Brangenberg (SB) 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 Total Print run:4,700 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 Flexico Verpackungen Deutshhand, Maropack GmbH & Co. KG, and Neemann Cover PolyOne (Photo: iStock/Neustockimages) 4 bioplastics MAGAZINE [06/12] Vol. 7 Follow us on twitter: Like us on Facebook:

News/People Novomer: PPC Polyol from CO 2 Novomer Inc. (WALTHAM, Massachussetts, USA), a sustainable materials company pioneering a family of high-performance polymers and other chemicals from renewable feedstocks such as carbon dioxide (CO 2 ), recently announced the world‘s first large-scale manufacturing run of polypropylene carbonate (PPC) polyol, producing over seven tons of finished product. The PPC polyol was scaled up and produced with Albemarle at their Orangeburg, South Carolina, USA manufacturing facility using existing Albemarle equipment which was modified for PPC polyol production. This work was completed in conjunction with Novomer‘s threeyear, million U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) award. The recently produced material, a 1,000 molecular weight PPC diol, will be used to accelerate product qualification and adoption in a wide range of conventional polyurethane applications including flexible and rigid foams, adhesives and sealants, coatings, and elastomers. Novomer is currently working closely with several major companies in various segments of the polyurethanes industry and this material will enable commercial scale testing of Novomer polyol. Novomer polyols are designed to replace conventional petroleum-based polyether, polyester, and polycarbonate polyols. The polyols are based on the co-polymerization of carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) and epoxides and the resulting products contain more than 40% CO 2 by weight. The use of waste CO 2 as a significant raw material yields a product with an extremely low carbon footprint. In addition, since waste CO 2 is significantly lower in cost than conventional petroleumbased raw materials, Novomer polyol manufacturing costs will be favorable compared to conventional polyols when produced at full commercial scale. In terms of performance, Novomer‘s PPC polyol has a unique polycarbonate backbone which increases the strength and durability of polyurethane products. Incorporating these new polyols into existing formulations yields foams with higher tensile, tear strength, and load bearing capacity; adhesives and coatings with improved adhesion, cohesive strength, and weatherabilty; and elastomers with greater tensile and flexural strength. “We are pleased with the results of this first run and thank the DOE for their support,” said Dr. Ron Valente, Novomer’s Vice President of Research. “This campaign clearly demonstrates the robustness of our catalyst and manufacturing process and we are confident in the ability to move to a larger scale as demand warrants.“ “The process fits well into our Orangeburg infrastructure and only minor modifications were required to enable PPC production,” said David Decuir, Albemarle’s Custom Services Business Director. “We are very confident in our ability to commercially produce Novomer PPC polyol at our Orangeburg plant.“ Italian Senate Approves Plastic Bag Sanctions The Italian Senate recently approved the legislation that mandates the discontinuation of traditional singleuse plastic bags in favor of biodegradable plastic bags or other alternatives, and penalizes those who continue to use traditional plastic bags. Senator Francesco Ferrante announced the approval of the Application Decree in early February 2013 stating, “Finally, we will make Italy the first plastic-free European country for the single-use plastic bag sector.” The Decree has been signed by the Ministers and is currently undergoing the proper administrative process toward formal publication. The sanctions will then become effective and applicable 60 days from publication. non-compliance range between €2,500 and €25,000, and may be increased up to four times the maximum violation if it applies to large quantities of bags, or if the value of the goods exceeds 20% of the total use of the offender. Italian Minister of the Environment Corrado Clini stated, “The opinion expressed by the Senate is an important step to actually make our country plastic-free. We will constantly monitor compliance to ensure that this objective can be achieved quickly and effectively.” (Source: - MT Merchants must make the switch to biodegradable and compostable bags and stop using traditional single-use plastic bags within 60 days from the date of publication, or sanctions for non-compliance will be enforced. The fines for bioplastics MAGAZINE [02/13] Vol. 8 5

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