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K‘2013 Preview Braskem

K‘2013 Preview Braskem Braskem, the leading thermoplastic resin producer in the Americas and the world’s largest biopolymer producer, announces the expansion of its portfolio of renewable products with the launch of its new line of green low-density polyethylene (LDPE), with this new product family complementing its already well known Green Plastics. Annual production of the new resin will amount to approximately 30,000 tonnes and the product will be made available in the market starting in January 2014. To ensure the production feasibility of the new line, investments were made in interconnecting plants and certain pieces of equipment in order to make possible the production of green LDPE from renewable raw materials. Two technology options can be used to ensure the production of a portfolio of resins with varying characteristics that allows for meeting a wider range of applications. LDPE is used mainly in plastic packaging and films. The expansion of the line of green products reinforces the company’s commitment to creating value through the sustainable development of the industry’s production chain, its clients and society, which are increasingly seeking to adopt practices that help reduce the effects of greenhouse gases. AIMPLAS The Technological Institute of Plastics (AIMPLAS) will present biodegradable packaging for cosmetics, drugstore and healthcare. The new products have good mechanical and chemical properties and also the environmental benefits of biodegradable materials. For food industry AIMPLAS will present a new successful product: a biodegradable packaging for fruit and vegetables that is also active, increasing over 15% the food lifespan. AIMPLAS is also developing a new packaging for semipreserved fish (anchovies) with a sandwich structure, using the co-injection technology. The outer layers are made from polypropylene, which has good mechanical properties and water barrier, while inside layers are made from wheat starch (renewable, low cost and excellent oxygen barrier). The packaging is recyclable because the separation of polypropylene and starch is simple, the starch is fully dissolved in water. But certainly one of the main trends that AIMPLAS will present in the K is packaging obtained from agri-food industry. In this area, the Technological Institute of Plastics is working to develop a new biodegradable packaging for the bakery industry made from bread wastes and a biodegradable juice bottle made from wastewater beverage industry. 08aC32-3 06D27, 06.1W-01 Tecnaro Tecnaro is presenting its bioplastic compounds Arboform, Arboblend and Arbofill and various applications for stationary and household goods, gardening, fashion, packaging, logistics, electronics, toys, civil construction and many more. New grades include bio-based thermoplastic elastomers Bio-TPE/TPV, as well as compounds made from Green PE, Bio-PET and Bio-PA. These are characterized by properties such as a high heat deflection temperature, good impact strength, flame resistance and UV stability. An innovative application for Arboblend will be highlighted: green roofing specialist ZinCo has selected Tecnaro’s Arboblend for the drainage element in its new “Natureline” green roof system. This improves the CO 2 balance in two ways: first, by reducing the use of fossil resources in the materials and second, through the CO 2 absorbing plants on the roof. 12E19 38 bioplastics MAGAZINE [05/13] Vol. 8

K‘2013 Preview Ferrarini & Benelli At K’2013 Ferrarini & Benelli, leader in manufacturing and engineering of corona treatment equipments will present an important innovation: the Plasma treatment, which is applicable in many industries such as PEX pipes production, automotive, medical, cosmetics and injection moulding of plastic parts. Especially their corona treatment systems are used to enhance surface properties of plastic films including bioplastics. Surface treatment enhancement is necessary to improve inks or adhesive adhesion on bioplastics. As an example corona treatment is used on Mater-Bi films on extrusion lines as well as PLA films for a better printing. The innovations presented include a new Corona Control Software, for production monitoring and certification. The Software will allow customers to import Corona Treatment data into PC, memorize and visualize them as well as editing graphics and quality certification of the Corona Process. This Software will be very useful for those that need to give Quality certificate to their customers or for those that want to reach high quality standard for their products. 10G29 DuPont At K’2013, among other innovations, DuPont will showcase DuPont Zytel ® RS LC4000 for Specialty Hose & Tubing which provide a wider range of flexibility and outstanding chemical resistance. The products offer better chemical resistance (to salt, hydrocarbons, and hydrolysis) and impact resistance at low temperatures compared to standard PA610 and PA612. Zytel RS LC4000 series products are based on a modified polymer backbone, and contain between 20% and 60%, by weight, renewable content that comes from sebacic acid which is derived from castor oil. Zytel RS LC4000 is chemically modified to enhance salt resistance and flexibility, it offers a good balance of high temperature performances, fuel and hydrocarbon resistance, hydrolytic stability. This new grade perform extremely favorably as proven in automotive applications on the road today. DuPont Zytel Renewably Sourced portfolio includes Zytel RS LC1000 series, based on PA1010 polymer (20 to 100% by wt renewable content), Zytel RS LC2000 series (20 to 100% renewable content) and Zytel RS LC3000 based on PA610 polymer (20 to 63% by wt renewable content). EMS Chemie EMS GRIVORY resent two new biobased Polyamides. PA1010 Grilamid 1S is based to nearly 100%, PA610 Grilamid 2S to 62% on renewable resources. Both of them belong to the bio-based polymers of the EMS- GRIVORY GreenLine family. The properties of Grilamid 1S are very close to those of Polyamide 12 (PA12), the properties of Grilamid 2S are positioned between those of PA12 and PA66 or PA6. PA1010 and PA610 are inherently too rigid and too brittle for tubes used in the pneumatic industry and have to be improved with plasticizer and impact modifier to achieve the right level of flexibility and impact resistance. However, such a modification dramatically reduces the translucency of the product, makes it largely opaque and prevents the use in pneumatic applications requiring a good transparency or see-through clarity. EMS-GRIVORY has been able to overcome this problem and introduces its new high viscosity bio-based extrusion grades Grilamid 1S XE 4281 and Grilamid 2S XE 4282 for flexible, transparent and impact resistant pneumatic tubes. Thanks to a proprietary technology the new products show an unrivaled balance of properties including flexibility, impact strength as well as transparency. In addition to extruding transparent tubes the products can be used for colored tubes too, where the transparency of the base polymer enables intense colors and good gloss finish frequently sought in the pneumatic tube sector. 06/E61 6C43 bioplastics MAGAZINE [05/13] Vol. 8 39

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