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Spectra Using New Biopolymer Materials Spectra Packaging, a leading UK-based plastic packaging company, have chosen to offer BRASKEM’ S GREEN PE and GLOBIO BIO-PET for their bottle solutions. The benefits of offering their customers this sustainable alternative are that the physical properties, manufacturing processes and applications can be the same as conventional oil-based plastics. In addition these bioplastics can be recycled along with conventional plastics. As a result, brand owners and retailers will be able to contribute to a more sustainable future. For more information visit www.fkur.com • www.fkur-biobased.com

Editorial dear readers Loyal, long time readers of bioplastics MAGAZINE have already learned some details of my private life. Well here comes another bit. For about 30 years I’ve been a keen glove-puppet puppeteer. So it is no surprise that one of my colleagues in that hobby would eventually end up being our cover girl. May I introduce to you Miss Schniedermeyer (our gossip-monger)? And as 3D printing is one of our editorial highlights in this issue, we tried to clone Miss Schniedermeyer on a 3D printer, using free open source software tools and a wood-filled material (see page 21). In many of the articles about 3D printing, the authors write about Fused Deposition Modelling mentioning the abbreviation FDM. I want to take the opportunity here to mention that FDM is a registered trademark of the company Stratasys Inc. The first of the other two editorial focus topics are Films, Flexibles, Bags with, among other articles, yet another comment on the European Bagislation development. The second one is Consumer and Office Electronics Initially it was planned to publish a comprehensive article on the basics of Sustainability: Brundtland and the forest industry having invented sustainability 400 years ago, and so on. Unfortunately I didn’t manage to write that piece in time, so I’m grateful to Elevance for providing an article that in a way covers the basics, certainly from their point of view. And finally we’d like to draw your attention to two new conferences, that bioplastics MAGAZINE is hosting in 2015. In May we invite you to the first bio!PAC conference on biobased materials in packaging And in the autumn of next year we will be presenting the first bio!CAR conference on biobased materials in automotive applications We will be pleased to accept proposals for presentations for both events. Until then we hope you enjoy reading bioplastics MAGAZINE Sincerely yours Michael Thielen bioplastics MAGAZINE Vol. 9 ISSN 1862-5258 Highlights 3D Printing | 16 Films, Flexibles, Bags | 10 Consumer & Office Electronics | 40 November / December 06 | 2014 ... is read in 91 countries Follow us on twitter! www.twitter.com/bioplasticsmag Like us on Facebook! www.facebook.com/bioplasticsmagazine bioplastics MAGAZINE [06/14] Vol.9 3

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