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News/People Green Dot

News/People Green Dot acquires MGP‘s Bioplastic Division Bioplastic from wheat straw Green Dot Holdings LLC (Cottonwood Falls, Kansas, USA) has acquired the bioplastics division of MGP Ingredients, Inc. (Atchison, Kansas). The acquisition includes a manufacturing facility in Onaga, Kansas and certain assets at the company’s research and development facility in Atchison. Also, included are three lines of bioplastic materials currently sold by MGP under the Terratek ® brand-name. The addition of these lines will allow Green Dot to meet a wide range of consumer needs with both bio-based and compostable bioplastic materials. Green Dot now offers a complete line of materials using renewable natural ingredients suitable for a wide range of applications. The Terratek line includes Terratek WC wood plastic composites based on wood chips and recycled plastics, Terratek SC starch biocomposites with up to 70% renewable content that can be formulated compostable or durable and Terratek BD biodegradable starch-based resins. These materials will be sold alongside Green Dot’s pioneering compostable elastomeric bioplastics (cf. photo and bM 05/2012). In addition to these lines, Green Dot can develop customized client formulations using starch, wood and other biomass materials. The company’s extensive knowlegde of polymer grades and additives can provide resins with a wide range of properties. The state-of-the-art compounding lab can quickly develop and test formulas for specific applications. Green Dot’s high quality and efficient operations can reduce the time spent in formula development. “This agreement presents wonderful opportunities for all parties involved,” said MGP President and CEO Tim Newkirk. “MGP is selling this business to a company firmly established in the plastics industry. With their experience, market knowledge and capabilities, Green Dot is well-positioned for success in the arena of eco-friendly product solutions. For MGP, this transaction aligns with our focus on supporting growth in our core business areas - food ingredients and alcohol products.” “This acquisition will enable Green Dot to better serve our customers with a broad range of materials, along with the expertise and facilities to quickly develop new formulations tailored to their unique specifications,” stated company CEO Mark Remmert. “The synergy of the two companies’ assets will be leveraged to capitalize on the rapid growth predicted in the U.S. bioplastics market.” MT www.greendotpure.com/resin The Technological Institute of Plastics (AIMPLAS), Valencia, Spain is developing a fully biodegradable plastic produced from wheat straw which properties allow its use in the manufacturing of white goods and electronic equipment. Aimplas is coordinating the European project Bugworkers, a project of 48 months of work involving a total of 15 European partners, amongst which, the Valencian company Fermax and the Basque technological center Tecnalia are a part of. The residue that has been chosen to conduct investigations is wheat straw for its low cost and high availability, especially within central Europe. Within Bugworkers, wheat straw is raw material for the production of a biodegradable plastic, which constitutes an added value for this type of material. Cellulose nanofibers as reinforcement Nanomaterials extracted also from wheat straw, such as cellulose nanofibers and lignin nanoparticles, are key additives to improve the properties of the material, making it suitable for a wide range of applications in electronics and appliances. So far, the partners involved in Bugworkers have achieved good results in terms of process efficiency and therefore are taking the process to an industrial scale. These results allow longer talk about costs and competitive properties. “We need a high yield in the bioplastic synthesis process using bacteria to be able to speeak of a cost competitive product, and we are getting very positive results in Bugworkers regarding this” says Ana Espert, technical coordinator in Aimplas project. MT www.aimplas.es www.bugworkersproject.eu Production of sugar hydrolyzates from straw biorefinery.de GmbH (Photo: Stefan Günther) 6 bioplastics MAGAZINE [02/13] Vol. 8

News/People GMO-free PLA products Flying the (potato) flag A potato-based and fully biodegradable Union Jack flag recently oversaw proceedings during the UK’s largest showcase of industrial biotechnology in Westminster. As the global bio-economy continues to expand, Leading IB: A UK Showcase (hosted by the Industrial Biotechnology Leadership Forum, IBLF) examined the success the UK has achieved in industrial biotechnology, highlighting exemplar projects, processes and products in the field. Manufactured by Biome Bioplastics, the UK’s largest producer of starch-based bioplastics, the flag was commissioned by Chemistry Innovation and Biosciences Knowledge Transfer Networks as an example of the innovative bio-based materials and products being developed in the country. With rising oil prices and pressing environmental concerns, attention is increasingly turning to viable natural alternatives to conventional product materials. As Biome Bioplastics’ CEO Paul Mines explained: “For example, Biome Bioplastics is currently exploring opportunities for the manufacture of bio-based materials through the use of synthetic biology, an area which offers exciting commercial and technical possibilities.” To highlight the potential of bio-based materials, the Chemistry Innovation and Biosciences Knowledge Transfer Networks have also commissioned a short video-clip (see link) illustrating the production of the flag. The film follows the unusual journey of a rejected potato as it braves sorting, starch factory, plasticisation and printers before flying proudly over the London skyline. www.biomebioplastics.com www.youtu.be/SHb8K2Uo9sU C M Y CM MY CY CMY K FKuR (Willich/Germany), producer of high performance bioplastics, has launched two BIO-FLEX products that exclusively use GMO-free PLA. BIO-FLEX F6513 and BIO- FLEX F6611, both based on PURALACT ® Lactides from Purac (Gorinchem, The Netherlands), are made from GMOfree feedstocks and can achieve temperature resistance up to 130°C. Combining technological performance with the GMO-free aspect results in a high quality PLA based product especially designed for those brand owners, retailers and consumers requiring a GMO-free product. The products are pleasant to the touch, have a pearlescent gloss and are biodegradable. BIO-FLEX F 6513 is ideally used for injection molding, whereas BIO-FLEX F 6611 has been developed for thermoforming. www.fkur.com www.purac.com/bioplastics magnetic_148,5x105.ai 175.00 lpi 15.00° 75.00° 0.00° 45.00° 14.03.2009 10:13:31 Prozess CyanProzess MagentaProzess GelbProzess Schwarz Magnetic www.plasticker.com for Plastics • International Trade in Raw Materials, Machinery & Products Free of Charge • Daily News from the Industrial Sector and the Plastics Markets • Current Market Prices for Plastics. • Buyer’s Guide for Plastics & Additives, Machinery & Equipment, Subcontractors and Services. • Job Market for Specialists and Executive Staff in the Plastics Industry Up-to-date • Fast • Professional bioplastics MAGAZINE [02/13] Vol. 8 7

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