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Applications Dragonkraft Afloat! A renewable based Flaxland canoe, made using the Dragonkraft resin/hardener system as the adhesive and a Dragonkraft UV coating on the flax fabric for a waterproof flexible finish (Photo: Flaxland) 100% Renewable bio-resins Dragonkraft Europe (Eccles, Manchester, UK), an ecoconscious start up with the backing of Akcros Chemicals (headquartered in Eccles as well), has launched a new bio-resin system for the composites, coatings and adhesives market. Dragonkraft recognise the challenges faced by today’s manufacturing industry and their product philosophy is built around letting manufacturers accrue sound economic, environmental and social gains. Dragonkraft’s new epoxy resin system boasts 100% renewable carbon content whilst its hardener/booster package contains 20% renewable matter. In addition, Dragonkraft promote a 97% renewable UV cure system which sets within 15-30 minutes in natural daylight. These products help manufacturers to address tightening environmental regulations but also reduce the consumption of finite petrochemical resources. The Dragonkraft package is BPA (Bisphenol A) free and has many health and safety benefits including safer handling for workers and low odours. The Dragonkraft formulation can be used for many applications and the curing speed can be adjusted to suit user requirements. The system is a strong contender to traditional resins as it produces a high strength flexible cured resin with a non-brittle finish. It has excellent wet out and selfleveling properties, with low shrinkage and high temperature resistance. Its adhesion qualities onto many surfaces including wood, plastics, metals and fibreglass mark it down as a great alternative to epoxy 2-pack adhesives. When compared to traditional resins it shows equivalent resistance to a number of common chemicals. Jim Pickett, Commercial Director at Dragonkraft commented “From the beginning, our goal has been to employ bio-derived technologies that can replace existing oil-based resins and surpass performance in areas such as health, safety and environment. Dragonkraft has seen a growing interest for bio-resins and now they are competitive in not only price but performance too”. Over the past year, Flaxland – manufacturers of flax based canoes have been using Dragonkraft bio-resin in the construction of their eco-friendly canoes. Simon Cooper at Flaxland commented “We had a vision to manufacture a canoe from 100% natural materials. With our background of farming linseed and other crops, we chose to cover the timber frame of the canoe with woven flax fabric, but the question then was – how are we going to waterproof the craft?” Simon continues “Most bonding resins available on the market are manufactured from oil-based products, but we came across the Dragonkraft bio-resin system - a natural-based UV curable resin and we have successfully used it as an adhesive in the construction of our canoes. Dragonkraft has also developed a UV coating for the flax, which gives a waterproof, flexible finish. We are delighted with the results. We now have a fully renewably sourced end product that is lightweight and shatterresistant on impact with a long-lasting durable finish”. MT 40 bioplastics MAGAZINE [04/13] Vol. 8

Events Bioplastics Business Breakfast At the World’s biggest trade show on plastics and rubber: K’2013 in Düsseldorf, Germany bioplastics will certainly play an important role again. On three days during the show from Oct 17 - 19, bioplastics MAGAZINE will host a Bioplastics Business Breakfast: From 8 am to 12:30 am the delegates get the chance to listen to and discuss high-class presentations and benefit from a unique networking opportunity. The trade fair opens at 10 am. Register soon to reserve your seat. Admission starts at EUR 249.00. The conference fee includes a free ticket for K’2013 as well as free public transportation in the greater Düsseldorf area. Preliminary Programme Thursday, October 17, 2013 8:00-8:10 Welcome remarks Michael Thielen, bioplastics MAGAZINE 8:10-8:25 Bioplastics – combining performance and sustainability in the packaging segment Hasso von Pogrell, European Bioplastics 8:25-8:45 Biobased materials for packing food products Nanou Peelman, Ghent University 8:45-9:05 Facts and data on Bioplastics Hans-Josef Endres, IfBB 9:05-9:25 The New Development of Mater-Bi for packaging application Alberto Castellanza, Novamont 9:25-9:35 Q&A 9:35-9:55 Bioplastic Films Innovations by Renewable Resourcing Larissa Zirkel, Huhtamaki 9:55-10:15 Development of an active multilayer packaging based on PLA Nuria López , AIMPLAS 10:15-10:35 Biodegradable Polymers in Foodserviceware in closed systems Lars Liebscher, BASF 10:35-10:45 Q&A 10:45-11:05 Coffee & Networking 11:05-11:25 Reinvent and renew with biodegradable PBS Jo Kockelkoren, Reverdia 11:25-11:45 Engineered Sustainability – Packaging made from Biobased and Biodegradable Plastics Patrick ZimmermannFKuR 11:45-12:05 Sustainable packaging with sugar cane based polyolefins Marco Jansen, Braskem 12:05-12:25 Influence of BIOPLAST-Material on the mechanical properties of recycled PE-Film Christoph Heß, Biotec 12:25-12:30 Q&A Friday, October 18, 2013 8:00-8:10 Welcome remarks (incl.: Basics of Bioplastics) Michael Thielen, bioplastics MAGAZINE 8:10-8:25 PLA – the multitalented mass commodity plastic to be t.b.c., European Bioplastics 8:25-8:45 Basics of PLA Andreas Grundmann, Uhde Inventa-Fischer 8:45-9:05 t.b.d. Francois de Bie, Corbion Purac 9:05-9:25 Advances in High Performance PLA Production Emmanuel Rapendy, Sulzer Chemtech 9:25-9:35 Q&A 9:35-9:55 PLA, an innovative Bioplastic Steve Davies, Natureworks 9:55-10:15 Formulation proficiency helps biopolymers meet the demands of durable applications Marcel Dartee, PolyOne 10:15-10:35 Biaxially oriented PLA films Paolo Serafin, Taghleef Industries 10:35-10:45 Q&A 10:45-11:05 Coffee & Networking 11:05-11:25 ECODEAR PLA/ABS blend Makoto Kobayashi, Toray 11:25-11:45 Dyeing staple fibres Carlos Caro, Grafe 11:45-12:05 PLA production without metallic catalysts Björn Bergmann, Fraunhofer ICT 12:05-12:25 Recycling of PLA Ramani Narayan, Michigan State Univ. 12:25-12:30 Q&A Saturday, October 19, 2013 8:00-8:10 Welcome remarks (incl.: Basics of Bioplastics) Michael Thielen, bioplastics MAGAZINE 8:10-8:25 Extending bioplastics' benefits in durable applications Constance Ißbrücker, European Bioplastics 8:25-8:45 High Performance Bio-based Engineering Polymers for Durable Applications Thomas Werner, DuPont 8:45-9:05 Biobased Polyurethanes Ramani Narayan, Michigan State Univ. 9:05-9:25 Bioplastics in durable applications Frank Diodato, Natureworks 9:25-9:35 Q&A 9:35-9:55 Durabio Frank Steinbrecher, Mitsubishi Chemical 9:55-10:15 Dura-Pulp Thomas Wodke, Fraunhofer UMSICHT 10:15-10:35 Eco-friendly starch-based resins for durable applications Jean-Luc Monnet, Roquette 10:35-10:45 Q&A 10:45-11:05 Coffee & Networking 11:05-11:25 Biobased Polyamides Benjamin Brehmer, Evonik 11:25-11:45 Injection molding of PLA Andrea Siebert-Raths, IfBB 11:45-12:05 Special Injection Molding Techniques opens up further Applications for Bioplastics Christoph Lohr, FKuR 12:05-12:25 t.b.d. t.b.d. 12:25-12:30 Q&A Subject to changes bioplastics MAGAZINE [04/13] Vol. 8 41

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