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Content 03|2013 May/June Editorial ...................................3 News ...................................5 - 8 Events .....................................9 Cover Story ................................20 Application News .......................34 - 35 Suppliers Guide ........................66 - 68 Event Calendar .............................69 Companies in this issue .....................70 Did you know 10 Did you know…? …about meat Report 11 New data on land-use 12 Valorisation of by-products 14 Greenhouse gas-based PHA 58 Bioplastics for food packaging Injection Moulding 16 Not only for film making 18 Watch bracelets made in Austria 20 Toys and more... (Cover Story) 21 Pitcher with separate bamboo handle 22 Liquid wood and more … From Science & Research 24 Lacquer from tomato for metal cans 28 Bioplastic products from citrus wastes 36 Advances in PLA chemistry Chinaplas Review 31 Chinaplas Materials 39 Innovative biopolymer blend PLA Recycling 40 Bioplastics want to be recycled as well 42 PLA recycling via thermal depolymerization 45 Solvent based PLA recycling 46 PLA recycling with degassing 48 Mechanical PLA recycling 49 Supporting ecological advantages 50 Better-than-virgin recycled PLA 52 Chemically recycling post-consumer PLA 54 Recycling ‘hands on‘ 55 Pelletizing and crystallizing of PLA Portrait 56 10 years FKuR Opinion 57 Biobased: Lose the hyphen 63 Market studies 64 Reliable and transparent Basics 60 Succinic acid Imprint Publisher / Editorial Dr. Michael Thielen (MT) Samuel Brangenberg (SB) Contributing editor: Karen Laird 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:3,800 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 Green PE envelopes sponsored by FKuR Kunststoff GmbH and Oerlemans Plastics B.V. Cover Coverphoto: Philipp Thielen Photo page 3: Sven Keitlinghaus Follow us on twitter: Like us on Facebook:

News Green materials in rapid prototyping In early April of this year, Merseburg University of Applied Sciences joined the Research for the Future stand, run by the Central German Universities at the Hanover Trade Fair, and presented the latest FABIO project results. FABIO stands for the FAbrication of parts with BIOplastics and simply means that, in the framework of this project, processes and devices are developed which enable the use of biobased polymers in Rapid Prototyping. The research team and project leader, Dietmar Glatz, presented a rapid prototyping system based on fused layer modelling (FLM). For the very first time, thermo plastic, biobased polymers are processed in granular form using this method. The development of this rapid prototyping system provides a new basis for construction materials and has enormous developmental potential. Since November 2011, functional prototypes have been produced from bioplastics, opening up new fields of application. In the framework of the FABIO project, Merseburg University of Applied Sciences co-operates with four partners from industry, 30 designers and Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences. The manufactured prototype is living proof of the usability of bioplastics in technical fields. The Hanover Trade Fair, which took place from April 8 th . - April 12 th . is the world’s biggest investment goods trade fair and an important platform for scientific institutions, universities and business developers from all branches of industry. (Photo: HS Merseburg) Cardia and University of Sydney explore PPC applications Cardia Bioplastics Limited (Mulgrave, Victoria, Australia) recently announced a collaboration of the University of Sydney with CO2 Starch Pty Ltd (100% owned subsidiary of Cardia). Cardia launched the world’s first CO 2 +Starch biodegradable carrier bag in 2010. This patented breakthrough opened up the potential for biodegradable polymers and polymeric blends for packaging applications to mitigate environmental problems caused by non-degradable polymeric and plastic materials. Cardia advanced its patented CO 2 +Starch development one step further and produced a biodegradable CO 2 + Starch bag with good mechanical properties. CO2 Starch Pty Ltd’s ground breaking work allows polypropylene carbonate (PPC) resins to be blended with starch with the potential to be cost-effectively transformed into a wide variety of industrial products that includes packaging, medical and coatings and engineering polymers. The research agreement also allows for the PPC resin to be used for bio-medical applications such as tissue scaffolds and drug delivery agents. CO2 Starch Pty Ltd Chairman Pat Volpe said: “In collaboration with the University of Sydney, CO2 Starch Pty Ltd is looking to expand its patented PPC+starch blending technology into application within the packaging industry before addressing potential applications in other industries including but not limited to the medical industry.” Volpe said they are working with the University of Sydney to develop and adopt their new unique technique that aims to produce PPC, a biodegradable aliphatic polyester which is synthesized from copolymerization of carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) and propylene oxide (PO). The technique is a one-step manufacturing process (rather than two) that also lowers the levels of residual zinc catalyst and potentially lowers the costs of PPC.” The aim is to apply the technology to many applications and produce alternative renewable biodegradable plastics at an economical price point whilst maintaining good mechanical properties that meet international compostability standards. MT bioplastics MAGAZINE [03/13] Vol. 8 5

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