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Toys 2001. Since that

Toys 2001. Since that time PlayMais has enjoyed terrific success which began in the children’s playroom and today is exported worldwide. Whether they are in Europe, America, Australia or the Far East, they all play with the creative toy Made in Germany. • PlayMais is simply great fun because: • PlayMais only sticks together when it is moistured with water • PlayMais pieces can be easily shaped with the fingers. • PlayMais promotes motor skills • PlayMais promotes creativity • PlayMais promotes children’s development • PlayMais has a high learning value • PlayMais is a natural product and cares for the environment Despite the trends in international trade PlayMais is developed and made in Germany. This is not obvious when one looks closely at the toy market. PlayMais is a well-rounded affair in the cycle of nature. In addition the environmental aspect of PlayMais is not just theory, but is setting new standards in the intelligent use of the earth’s resources. PlayMais can be shaped, pressed, cut and lots more. It sticks together when moistured with water, and sticks to lots of other surfaces such as paper and card, where it can be used to embellish pictures, or on glass to make window decoration, and even on flower pots. In addition PlayMais can be combined with wooden sticks or string and thus used to make, for example, toy motor car axles. Thanks to its ease of play and modelling PlayMais gives all children a quickly achieved sense of success. Thanks to its unending shaping and moulding possibilities there are no limits to the fun and pleasure it offers. PlayMais promotes creativity and helps little fingers to shape fantastic things. Glue is not needed. A bit of water and one’s fantasy are all that is needed. Unlimited creative shapes and forms. From simple 2-dimensional shapes that younger children will stick onto a card, up to difficult 3-dimensional models for older children. PlayMais knows no limits. In other words, PlayMais stands for naturalness and creativity, it teaches in a special way, trains the child’s motor skills and promotes social behaviour in all age groups. By: Benedikt Schürholz Head of Sales Loick Biowertstoff GmbH Dorsten, Germany 3 rd CO 2 as chemical feedstock – a challenge for sustainable chemistry 2 – 3 December 2014, Essen (Germany) 1 st Day, 2 December 2014: Policy & visions + CO 2 capture & purification + H 2 generation: prerequisite for CO 2 economy 2 nd Day, 3 December 2014: CO 2 based fuels + Chemicals & building blocks + Polymers & materials Early Bird until End of September: Dominik Vogt +49 (0) 22 33 / 48 14 - 49 dominik.vogt@ For the 3 rd year in a row, the nova-Institute will organize the conference “CO 2 as chemical feedstock – a challenge for sustainable chemistry” on 2 – 3 December 2014 in the “Haus der Technik” in Essen, Germany. Over the last few years, the rise of this topic has developed from several research projects and industrial applications to become more and more dynamic, especially in the fields of solar fuels (power-to-fuel, power-to-gas) – but also in CO 2-based chemicals and polymers. Several players are very active and will showcase some enhanced and also new applications using carbon dioxide as feedstock. The conference will be the largest event on Carbon Capture and Utilization (CCU) in 2014. Our goal is to connect more than 300 participants from the leading industrial and academic players in CO 2 utilization that are expected to attend the conference and to share their recent success stories, as well as new ideas and products in implementation. We hope also you will be part of this opportunity to get in touch with this innovative and active network. nova-Institut for Ecology and Innovation GmbH Chemiepark Knapsack, Industriestraße 300 50354 Huerth, Germany 40 bioplastics MAGAZINE [05/14] Vol. 9

Toys By: Hannes Frech University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria Department for Agrobiotechnology, IFA-Tulln Institute for Natural Materials Technology Wood composites for toys Since almost exactly 20 years the Institute for Natural Materials Technology (IFA Tulln in Austria) has been working on wood composites (FASAL ® ) to help establish a place for them in the injection moulding and profile extrusion markets. In a joint research project with the company FASAL WOOD KG, Vienna, Austria, lasting several years, new blends have been compounded and tested. Depending on the customer requirement the Fasal wood composites can be • based on renewables • based on biodegradables, or • based on conventional WPC materials The easy-flowing type Fasal Bio 337 (based on wood and PP) in particular has been able to convince some toy-makers of its extraordinary possibilities in design and function. Fasal‘s general manager, Ing. Kresimir Hagljan, works closely with his customers right from the preparation of product drawings through tool making to manufacture of finished parts. Toy designer Markus Hirche (rotordesign, Stuttgart, Germany) recognized the advantages of Fasal and developed the wooden Meine kleine Welt (My little world) multi-play system for the company Hape toys (headquartered in Luzern, Switzerland). Meine kleine Welt – A role-playing game for toddlers from ages 18 months to 4 years. Toddlers from the age of 18 months start to observe and explore the world around them. The Meine kleine Welt wooden multi-play system supports the sensitive capturing and understanding of materials by playing with this new combination of solid wood, plywood and the Fasal fibre compound. Simply the relation to animal or human figures is very important during the role-playing game for the children. To offer children from 18 months onwards ergonomic, natural, but also functional characters and game-play elements, a wood-based material combination with the WPC Fasal Bio 337 was selected. The possibility of injection moulding the Fasal material allows the attractive design of three-dimensional characters and play elements for the target group, and includes functional elements, such as the head of a figure turning with a stop. Positions can be integrated in the mould. With ultrasonic welding technology the solid wood elements and the halfshell elements made from Fasal are joined together. The colouring of the base material in the production process can avoid additional painting work. Runners can be 100% recycled in the production process. The material from PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) certified wood flour from solid wood production was also modified to offer the possibility of it being imprinted with standard print colours. Fasal materials conform to the strict guidelines of the toy industry, such as EN 71 and ASTM, especially with regard to the mechanical requirements of the prefabricated elements. The combination of solid wood and Fasal allows a complete redesign of game characters and opens up a new dimension in the wooden play-world. Spare parts and accessories can merge a modern design language with a combination of a simple production process of injection moulding with Fasal, and solid wood production. The perception of the natural material, the warmness and the character of the wooden play world has been achieved and implemented with this material combination. The use of a sustainable and recyclable material is visible and sensible - also in terms of the future generations. Meine kleine Welt with an attractive material combination, is a modern, future-oriented wooden multi-play system with many possibilities and excellent play value. • 41 bioplastics MAGAZINE [05/14] Vol. 9

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