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Content Fibers & Textiles 12 Next-generation polyamide fiber 15 High tenacity fibres 16 Coloured PLA fibres 19 New biobased monofilaments 20 Casein-based polymers 22 Green high performance textiles 24 Rayon and more – Biobased chemical fibres Toys 36 Application News (Toys) 37 Bioplastic baby products 38 From packaging fillers to toys 41 Wood composites for toys 42 How bioplastics and biocomposites are changing the toy industry 44 Beach toys made from PHA 46 A waste-to-toys effort 05|2014 September/October From Science & Research 28 Next generation chemical building blocks and bioplastics 32 BREAD4PLA Materials 31 High barrier in-mould labelling Politics / Markets 48 A bright future for bioplastics ? Basics 50 Biobased Building Blocks Opinion 52 Sustainability Certification Editorial ..................................03 News .................................05 - 08 Events ....................................10 Application News .......................34 - 36 Suppliers Guide ........................54 - 56 Event Calendar .............................57 Companies in this issue .....................58 Imprint Publisher / Editorial Dr. Michael Thielen (MT) Samuel Brangenberg (SB) contributing editor: Karen Laird (KL) Layout/Production Mark Speckenbach Head Office Polymedia Publisher GmbH Dammer Str. 112 41066 Mönchengladbach, Germany phone: +49 (0)2161 6884469 fax: +49 (0)2161 6884468 Media Adviser Caroline Motyka phone: +49(0)2161-6884467 fax: +49(0)2161 6884468 Print Poligrāfijas grupa Mūkusala Ltd. 1004 Riga, Latvia Total print run: 4,200 copies bioplastics MAGAZINE ISSN 1862-5258 bM is published 6 times a year. This publication is sent to qualified subscribers (149 Euro for 6 issues). bioplastics MAGAZINE is printed on chlorine-free FSC certified paper. bioplastics MAGAZINE is read in 91 countries. Not to be reproduced in any form without permission from the publisher. The fact that product names may not be identified in our editorial as trade marks is not an indication that such names are not registered trade marks. bioplastics MAGAZINE tries to use British spelling. However, in articles based on information from the USA, American spelling may also be used. Editorial contributions are always welcome. Please contact the editorial office via Envelopes A part of this print run is mailed to the readers wrapped in envelopes sponsored by Minima Technology (Taiwan) Cover Cover: Zoë b Follow us on twitter: Like us on Facebook:

News New carbon fibre from plants Researchers at the University of North Texas have created a new carbon fibre from plants that can replace common fossil products in wide range of goods including parts for cars, aircraft, electronics and sports equipment. The patentpending carbon fibre also is stronger and lighter than similar products on the market. The new carbon fibre is made from C-lignin, a linear polymer that was discovered by UNT Distinguished Research Professor Richard Dixon and Research Professor Fang Chen in 2012 and reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. “Finding new uses for plant materials like C-lignin is a great step toward replacing common petroleum- and coalbased products with products made from natural materials,” Dixon said. Those products include carbon fibre; engineering plastics and thermoplastic elastomers, which can be stretched and formed to produce other products; synthetic foams and membranes; and other fuels, products and chemicals currently sourced from petroleum. The new carbon fibre was created in the laboratory of Nandika D’Souza, a joint professor in the departments of mechanical and energy engineering and materials science and engineering in UNT’s College of Engineering. D’Souza and engineering doctoral student Mangesh Nar engineer low carbon footprint products using bioresources through the National Science Foundation’s Partnerships for Innovation Program. “Unlike carbon fibre made from other ligno-cellulose or lignin sources, C-lignin is ideal for creating naturallysourced carbon fibre because C-lignin fibres are linear, and can be easily processed into carbon fibre with the same equipment often used to produce fossil-fuel based carbon fibres,” D’Souza said. KL Coca-Cola expands investment in bio-paraxylene development USA-based biochemical and biofuels company Virent recently announced that The Coca-Cola Company is making an additional investment in the company’s development and commercialization of its bio-based paraxylene, BioFormP. This investment will enable Virent to scale up separation and purification of BioFormPX material at their demonstration plant in Madison, Wisconsin, USA. “Over the course of our work together, Virent has continuously delivered on their commitments and advanced their technology. That progress supports building additional capability for Virent and advances us on the path to a full-scale commercial solution for our 100% plant-based PET plastic packaging” said Scott Vitters, General Manager, PlantBottle Innovation Platform at The Coca-Cola Company. Virent and The Coca-Cola Company have been working together since 2011, when they first announced their Joint Development Agreement and a Master Supply Agreement focused on the development of bio-based PX technology. Paraxylene (Px), a chemical that is currently produced in a crude oil refinery, is the main raw material used to produce terephthalic acid (PTA), one of the two components of which PET - the packaging material used by Coca- Cola - is made up of. “The Coca-Cola Company continues to be a valued partner for Virent. Their intention to use our BioFormPX material in the next generation of PlantBottle packaging is critical in attracting manufacturing partners from the PET supply chain. This – along with the progress we’ve made in our joint development work - moves us closer to seeing the first commercial 100% bio-based PET bottles on retail shelves made using Virent technology” said Lee Edwards, Virent CEO. virentIn the course of their work with The Coca-Cola Company, Virent has progressed their PX technology to commercial readiness, improved the process economics and produced bio-based PX which has been converted by The Coca-Cola Company into 100% bio-based PET bottles. This new investment will allow production of larger quantities of BioFormPX material. Virent has run its demonstration system to fulfill a number of fuel and chemical orders since it started operation in 2010. This added capability to produce larger quantities of purified PX will be combined with additional system enhancements to increase production capabilities, including larger volumes of bio-fuel and other bio-materials. KL Photo: Virent bioplastics MAGAZINE [04/14] Vol. 9 5

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