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K‘2013 Preview Corbion

K‘2013 Preview Corbion Purac Corbion Purac, the global market leader in lactic acid, lactic acid derivatives and lactides, is showcasing a range of biobased applications, resulting from numerous strategic partnerships under the theme partnering for bioplastics growth. The company is also creating a distributor’s corner, intended to provide a platform for interested parties to come into direct contact with their local PLA resin partner. The breakthrough in high performance, biobased lactide monomers for PLA is opening up a wealth of possibilities for bioplastic applications which have – until now – been limited to oil-based plastics. Combining high biocontent with a low carbon footprint, PLA is a great replacement for PS, PP and ABS. As demonstrated by the range of applications on show, PLA is an extremely adaptable material that can often be processed on existing equipment, with commercially acceptable cycle times. Corbion Purac welcomes converters and compounders who are interested in learning more about PLA processing. The technical team will be on hand at the fair to answer questions and provide more information. 5B22 Plastika Kritis SA Global Colors Group The KRITILEN masterbatches for PLA, designed and produced by Plastika Kritis SA / Global Colors Group are concentrates of carefully selected raw materials in a PLA carrier, aimed at assorted end applications. The range includes the following masterbatch product groups: • Black & White : based on P type carbon black & prime rutile coated titanium dioxide respectively. Excellent dispersion, ideal for film applications, injection and blow molding. • Colors: PLA based range including the main color shades (yellow, orange, red, blue, green, brown) for the coloration of compostable films. Suitable for food contact applications as per BfR IX Recommendations and meeting the purity criteria of Resolution AP (89). • Fillers: based on either calcium carbonate, barium sulphate or combinations of mineral fillers • Additives : a range including Optical brightener, Slip/ antiblock, Antistatic, Melt strength enhancer, Impact modifier, and Nucleating masterbatches 7C 27 Shenzhen Esun Industrial Co., Ltd Established in 2002 and located in Shenzhen Special Economic Zone, Shenzhen Esun Industrial Co., Ltd. is a high-tech enterprise specializing in researching, developing, producing and marketing degradable polymer materials. A main product is PLA, a material compatible with conventional processing technologies and offering good mechanical processing abilities. PLA is a degradable, environmentally friendly material with a low carbon footprint. ESUN own three different R&D centers, specializing in material syntheses, modification and application. Esun PLA is available in injection grades, sheet grades and film grades, and is widely used in cards, packaging, cutlery and electronics. 7.2C22 36 bioplastics MAGAZINE [05/13] Vol. 8

K‘2013 Preview Toray At K’2013, Toray is presenting its environmentally friendly solutions, targeted at the automotive industry, E&E and life science field, in which advanced material technologies play a key role. The company is showcasing its TEEWAVE concept vehicle, which incorporates a range of eco solutions driven by Toray’s advanced materials and process technologies, such as the use of carbon fiber to create a lightweight body with high stiffness and superior crash safety and PLA floor mats. Toray will display a variety of biopolymer solutions, including its bio PBT, produced using Bio-BDO, foam material on the basis of Bio-PE, PLA applications, biorenewable solutions and many more. Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation Durabio is an Isosorbide-chemistry based engineering plastic resin that was developed by Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation. Inherently plant-based, this material shows an outstanding balance of optical and mechanical properties. Durabio has been designed to performance such as visible light transmission levels matching that of PMMA, high UVresistance and low birefringence combined with excellent ductility typical for Polycarbonate. Mitsubishi Chemical launched Durabio successfully from pilot scale only a few years ago. The company soon decided to quickly upscale the production capacity to 5000 tonnes at its Kurosaki production plant, Kyushu, Japan. Typical high performance applications – on view at K’2013 – are high gloss automotive trim, interior design applications like TV-sets, mobile phone handsets, exterior design films or sound-barrier panels, sports glass and sun glass lenses, optical devices, sheet and foams. 8A F49 8BF61 Wacker The Munich-based chemicals group Wacker is launching an improved version of its Vinnex binder system for biopolymers. Vinnex is a vinyl-acetate-based polymer binder system that enhances the physical properties of and promotes the compatibility between different bioplastics. Different Vinnex grades can be combined with one or more biopolyesters and fillers in a modular system, making it possible for manufacturers to develop high-performance bioplastic blends that can be processed with conventional equipment. Depending on composition and Vinnex content, these polymer blends have higher impact strengths, are more flexible or have a higher melting strength than conventional biopolymers. Selected Vinnex grades are food certified, opening up a host of new bioplastics applications, including thermoformed coffee cups and soup containers, as well as food packaging materials, brochures, parts for electronic appliances or selfdegradable gardening and agricultural containers. Tested Vinnex polymer blends – typically with a binder content of 10 to 30 % – biodegrade in less than 180 days in industrial composting conditions. 6A10. API In line with its strategy of growth in advanced polymers with a low environmental impact, API SpA will be exhibiting at K 2013 under the theme BIO & BEYOND. API Spa remains committed to developing and offering products that assist in the reduction of harmful CO 2 emissions. As a supplier of highperformance, easy-to-use materials that allow the creation of highly innovative products, the company is presenting a range of applications from three different business units (Footwear & Sporting Goods, Automotive & Technical Products, Packaging & Medical). API launched its first line of biodegradable thermoplastic elastomers in the mid-2000s, under the name of Apinat. Recently, PUMA selected APINAT, the first biodegradable, soft biopolymer for the sole of the first, fully biodegradable shoe to be presented by this sports brand. Next to its Apinat family of products, API will also be showcasing the evolution of its range of TPE and TPU compounds, now, too, from renewable resources. 6A42 bioplastics MAGAZINE [05/13] Vol. 8 37

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