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People Materials Report News for “drop-in” bioplastics New renewable solutions now offer a new gateway to biobased plastics Neste Oil (Espoo, Finland), the world’s largest producer of renewable diesel, is now entering a new market: sustainable plastics and chemicals. Its growing family of NEXBTL renewable products provides the basis for a number of bio-based chemicals and plastics, such as consumer products, packaging, automotive parts, and chemical derivatives. This promises to herald the beginning of a new era in European plastics production, as it means that Neste Oil’s partners are now able to provide customers with commercial volumes of chemicals and plastics produced (at least partly) from renewables using the same processes that are used for existing products made from fossil-based materials. The mechanical and physical properties of the drop-in bioplastics (i.e. well known traditional plastics partly or wholly made from renewable resources) produced from NEXBTL products are 100% comparable with those of plastics produced from fossil feedstocks. Using NEXBTL products offers a unique way to reduce the environmental impact typically associated with conventional plastic and chemical products. “The expansion of our NEXBTL product family is an important step in our strategy to develop new product applications for our patented NEXBTL technology,” explains Kaisa Hietala, Neste Oil’s Vice President, Renewable Fuels. “Our premium-quality NEXBTL products are ideal for producing bio-based chemicals and plastics because of their oxygen-free composition; and the plastics industry clearly represents an interesting market for us in the future.” Switching over is simple, cost-effective, and yields clear environmental benefits Using NEXBTL products offers manufacturers valuable savings in terms of investments and testing, as they can produce and convert biopolymers using their existing technology and assets. Converters can save time and effort, as testing is either not required or is limited to approval of new products based on the same chemistry. This reduces the need to invest in new processing lines and reduces the number of times that lines have to be stopped for testing purposes. In applications such as packaging and consumer items, the risk of user claims is minimal, as plastics produced from NEXBTL renewable products offer identical barrier properties and processing parameters to conventional plastics. “Another excellent benefit of switching to NEXBTL based Polyethylene Polypropylene Packaging Automotive Ethylene Propylene Butadiene ABS Appliances, toys electronics NEXBTL cracking Benzene Toluene Xylene Acrylonitrile Acrylates EO/PO Textiles, coatings composites Packaging PET, PS, PBAT Methane Fuels, esters Methanol Energy 12 bioplastics MAGAZINE [02/14] Vol. 9

By: Tomi Nyman manager Renewable Products Neste Oil Espoo, Finland products is that recycling can be handled exactly as before as well,” says Tomi Nyman, Manager, Renewable Products at Neste Oil. “As products produced from NEXBTL are identical to those produced from fossil inputs, existing recycling systems can be used with no modifications and no new systems need to be developed. The end-of-life profile of products following recycling is also similar, but with the added benefit of significantly lower CO 2 emissions.” Initially, mass balance allocation is required to verify the renewable content of products, but as more manufacturers adopt these products, it will be possible to increase renewable content even up to 100%. With Neste Oil’s Technology for example a biobased terephthalic acid can be made by cracking of NEXBTL via paraxylene, thus a 100% biobased PET becomes possible. This is just one example. By cracking the biobased NEXBTL feedstock basically most building blocks for different plastic types can be made, comparable to cracking fossil based feedstock (cf. picture). Sustainable production process and feedstock base NEXBTL products are produced using Neste Oil’s patented NEXBTL technology at the company’s sites in Finland, the Netherlands, and Singapore. Due to the unique nature of the technology, Neste Oil can use practically any type of vegetable oil and a wide range of industrial waste and residues as feedstocks for its process. All NEXBTL products comply with strict sustainability criteria across the entire supply chain and are verified as being sustainably produced. Inputs are fully traced back to their origin and contribute a significant reduction in life cycle greenhouse gas emissions compared to comparable fossil-based products. DRIVING A RESOURCE EFFICIENT EUROPE Save the date! 2/3 December 2014 The Square Meeting Centre Brussels More information at: bioplastics MAGAZINE [02/14] Vol. 9 13

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