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Issue 01/2015

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Editorial dear readers I hope you had a good start to the New Year. This will be, once again, a year of many events. First of all there are the two big trade shows: at the end of March you can see us at NPE in Orlando, Florida, and Chinaplas will be held in Guangzhou in May. In this issue we again present a comprehensive show preview for NPE including a pull-out floor plan in the centre of the magazine. Our next issue will offer the same for Chinaplas. Besides the big trade fairs, a number of interesting conferences offer excellent opportunities to network with people from your area of business and to learn about the latest developments. Among these events is our new bio!PAC Conference on Biobased Packaging in May – a first preliminary programme can be found on page 8. Our new bio!CAR Conference on Biobased Materials for Automotive Applications will be held in the autumn in Stuttgart, Germany, most probably within the framework of Composites Europe. And Automotives is also one of the editorial highlights of this issue, followed by other interesting topics such as the approach of the European Committee for Standardization (CEN), with its Technical Committee TC 411, to define some rules for the use of the term bio-based products. In close cooperation with European Bioplastics, who revised their Glossary, we also polished up our glossary. On pages 38-41 you’ll find the latest version, now grown to four pages. I did not include a differentiation of the terms bioplastics vs biopolymers which are quite often used synonymously. Albeit, after almost 10 years in the bioplastics business, I’d indeed like to differentiate (maybe clarify). In my opinion biopolymers are polymers as they occur in nature. This includes the polymers amylose and amylopectin, the two main components of starch. It also includes chitin, the polymer that can be found in the exoskeleton of insects, or chitosan in some mushrooms. Also PHAs are biopolymers as they occur in nature. On the other hand - and this is what this magazine is about - bioplastics are materials that by means of, for example, compounding, become processable on modern plastics processing machinery such as injection moulders or blown film lines. In a certain way these bioplastics are indeed manmade materials, as they have been modified by man to exhibit certain properties. The distinction between natural and engineering biopolymers seems reasonable, but doesn’t make things easier (at least I don’t think so). If you think different, please let me know. We hope you enjoy reading bioplastics MAGAZINE Sincerely yours bioplastics MAGAZINE Vol. 10 ISSN 1862-5258 Highlights Automotive | 10 NPE-Preview | 23 January / February 01 | 2015 ... is read in 91 countries Follow us on twitter! Like us on Facebook! Michael Thielen bioplastics MAGAZINE [01/15] Vol. 10 3

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