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Show Preview Grabio suitable for a wide range of applications. As ever more plastic bag bans take effect around the world, Grabio’s bioplastic compostable film grades offer a responsible alternative to traditional plastics for manufacturing plastic bags. Also suitable for agricultural applications, such as mulch film, these films save farmers time and labor costs, as used film can simply be plowed back into the soil or composted, instead of having to be separately disposed of. In response to customer demand, Grabio recently expanded its range to include thermoforming and injection molding grades for rigid applications, such as trays, seedling pots, tableware, utensil and toys. The newly developed grades offer good processability and are fully compostable, which offers the built-in advantage for seedling pots that plant loss is reduced, as plants no longer need to be transplanted. Hall 9, booth E11 Innovia Films Innovia Films is a major international producer of Biaxially Oriented Polypropylene (BOPP) and Cellulose (Cellophane) films, with production sites in the UK, USA, Belgium and Australia. The company’s transparent, metallised and coloured films are sold to converters, brand-owners and end-users across the globe. They become part of the packaging, labelling or overwrap solution for well-known brands across many everyday consumer goods. These include confectionery, perfume, cheese, tea, shampoo, tobacco, soft drinks and biscuits. At Interpack 2014 , Innovia Films will be showcasing various new developments, including the launch of a hermetically sealing film, a new addition to the company’s compostable, cellulose-based NatureFlex range. Visitors to the stand will also be able to discover more about the material partnerships established with key players in the packaging industry to enhance product development and increase awareness of possibilities. Hall 9, booth F04 Nitrochem Triniflex cPLA is a new, thin, unoriented polylactide from Nitrochem. Due to its high rigidity, and excellent optical parameters, this material offers a suitable alternative for PET, PVC, HIPS or cellulose derivatives in a wide range of packaging applications. Unoriented polylactide Triniflex cPLA films are characterised by their excellent twist-angle retention and deadfold-angle retention. They also exhibit good barrier properties against components of aromas, solvent molecules or oils. Their barrier performance against d-limonene is, for example, on a par with that of PET and PA-6. PLA is a material with excellent Tg sealing properties at 55-65º C. A cPLA film offers good mechanical properties, a very good thickness profile and sealing performance; it is easily processable on all standard equipment used in the packaging industry and provides a good surface for printing. Biodegradable, unoriented Triniflex cPLA films are a responsible choice for a wide range of applications in the packaging industry. Hall 7.2, booth A46 36 bioplastics MAGAZINE [02/14] Vol. 9

Show Preview Kingfa Kingfa Sci. & Tech. Co., an ISO 9001:2000 and ISO 14001 certified company publicly listed on the Shanghai A-share market, is the largest modified plastics manufacturer in China, with annual sales revenues of over 2.3 billion USD. Kingfa promotes fully biodegradable/compostable resins (FLEX-262 / FLEX-162, EN13432 compliant) under the brand name Ecopond. Kingfa has set up partnerships with convertors around the world, and can provide a wide range of packaging solutions. The company’s applications include fully biodegradable/compostable shopping bags, refuse sacks, mulching film and other packaging products. Hall 9, booth G07 Limagrain Céréales Ingrédients (LCI) At the Interpack this year, France-based Limagrain Céréales Ingrédients is launching its new ‘biolice.bags’ material. “Biolice.bags is a major technological change for compostable and biodegradable bioplastics,” says Dr. Walter Lopez of LCI. “Our new material allows users to produce even smoother bags or films, improving printing quality.” Biolice is a biodegradable polymer that is suitable for flexible applications such as bags, agricultural and industrial films and for rigid thermoformed and shaped extruded products. Further benefits of the new biolice.bags material are its greater rigidity and four times better resistance to tearing compared to the last generation of biolice, while retaining its positive food contact and composting properties. Full details will be released at Interpack. LCI is confident, however, that the new biolice. bags material represents further progress in environmental-friendly packaging, which can be organically recycled by composting or anaerobic digestion. Hall 9, booth J21 Metabolix At Interpack 2014, Metabolix will promote its compostable films as excellent choices for packaging applications. Mvera films are designed to meet a range of performance metrics including compostability, transparency, puncture toughness and tensile strength. Metabolix currently offers opaque (B5010) and transparent (B5011) film grades for packaging film & bag applications. Metabolix will also highlight a range of developmental film grades, based on modifying PLA, designed to meet the needs of packaging applications. These developmental technologies utilize Metabolix PHA polymeric modifiers to expand the options available to maintain high biocontent, improve flexibility, and improve the processing of PLA cast and blown films. For more information, visit www.metabolix.com/interpack. Metabolix will also be in Munich for the 3rd PLA World Congress (cf. page 10). Hall 9, Booth G05 Kaneka In May 2011, Kaneka launched two grades of Kaneka biopolymer Aonilex produced at its 1,000 t/a market development plant. Unlike most commercial PHAs available today, which are short-chain-length PHAs, Aonilex is composed of medium-chain-length PHAs (PHBH), and therefore has a lower melting point and lower crystallinity, enhancing both the processability and mechanical properties of this material. Aonilex combines good strength properties with ductility, flexibility, elasticity and toughness, together with good heat and hydrolytic resistance. As a polyester, it offers good printability and dyability. Aonilex can be thermoformed, injection moulded, film blown, foamed, spun and combined with other biopolymers in compounds. Aonilex materials are biodegradable under aerobic, anaerobic and marine conditions. They are certified as fully bio-based, home compostable and industrial compostable. Food contact approval process is underway. New Aonilex grades with improved processing characteristics will be launched later this year. Hall 9, booth E07 bioplastics MAGAZINE [02/14] Vol. 9 37

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