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Issue 01/2015

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Show preview cycleWood Solutions cycleWood Solutions from Dallas, Texas, has recently introduced their innovative new resin called Xylomer. Why Xylomer? • Various Applications: Xylomer can be applied in a variety of commercial plastics, including flexible films and injection molded applications. It can be blended with compostable polymers to be 100% biodegradable. Or, it can be blended with other plastics, which create more environmentally friendly plastic substitutes. • Sustainability: Xylomer is composed of modified lignin, a part of the tree that has thus far been discarded by the paper manufacturing industry. Utilizing an abundant byproduct rather than cutting down trees makes Xylomer very sustainable. • Environmental Impacts: Compostable materials using Xylomer fully break down in 90 days once in a composting facility. Other blends decrease our dependence on oil-based plastics. • Government Regulation: cycleWood Solutions’ technology can be adopted to make products compliant with ongoing government efforts to improve the environmental impacts of plastics. • Xylomer technology allows consumers to keep using the products they are accustomed to without any of the harmful environmental impacts! www.cyclewood.com West Hall, RoomW203A Jamplast Jamplast is the leading Biopolymers Distributor in North America. The company has been a pioneer in biopolymers for the past 15 years helping customers identify and supply the right type of biopolymers to meet their needs. Jamplast is a one stop shop for almost every type of biopolymer available in the market today. Customers can make one phone call and the experienced and knowledgeable team can walk them through the products available today. A visit to the booth can help you identify the right product for your needs. Biobent Polymers Biobent Polymers (Columbus, Ohio) has commercialized a new line of award winning bio-composite polymers which offers comparable performance to pure petroleum based plastics at highly competitive prices. Biobent Polymers’ products are a revolutionary innovation that replaces up to 40 % of the petroleum content in plastics with abundant lower-cost agricultural co-products and does so without degrading material performance. The result is a bioplastic that is lightweight, USDA BioPreferred, and performance neutral. Most importantly, it is 3 % – 15 % less expensive than traditional plastics. On display at the NPE showcase Biobent will have several samples of their resins and products created from them. www.biobent.com West Hall, RoomW203A Erema Plastic Recycling Systems EREMA will be presenting its proven, high-performance INTAREMA ® system. This Erema technology offers customers optimum processing also of PLA material, which is very sensitive to moisture and the shearing forces that arise during treatment. To begin with the material is carefully cut in the cutter/compactor, homogenised, prewarmed and then dried. The drying in this process is so efficient that in many cases there is no need for any additional extruder degassing. This reduces the dwell time in the extruder and the material which is processed in this way is thus melted, filtered and pelletised with minimum shearing stress. Throughput With Counter Current technology Without Counter Current technology Temperature inside cutter/compactor PATENTED The implementation of the new Counter Current technology in 2013 was another boost in efficiency for the EREMA systems. The benefits include maximum process stability thanks to improved material input, consistently higher capacity over a considerably broader temperature range, greater flexibility and operational reliability with a variety of materials and higher throughput rates with the same plant size for more productivity. The INTAREMA systems are suitable for an extremely wide variety of biopolymer types including bio-PE, bio-PET, PLA (fibres, films), PHA, starch-based products, etc. www.jamplast.com S20040 www.erema.at West Hall, W5673 A digital show planner (npe.org) showing all exhibitors presenting bioplastics related products or services can be accessed at http://bit.ly/1BtI0md 30 bioplastics MAGAZINE [01/15] Vol. 10

Foam Transport trays for tubes made of BioFoam Alabastine (an AkzoNobel subsidiary from Ammerzoden, The Netherlands) is the first company in the Netherlands to start using Synprodo bv’s BioFoam ® material for its transport trays. This means that the company is taking a key step towards sustainable packaging. The trays are used to transport the well-known Alabastine tubes and then to display them on the shelves of do-ityourself markets. In terms of structure, BioFoam has the same appearance and the same properties as the traditional EPS material, i. e. compression resistant, light-weight, impervious to humidity, easy to process, easy to shape and recyclable. Almost all existing EPS parts can also be made with BioFoam using existing moulds and production lines. The major difference is that EPS is produced using polymers made of exhaustible fossil raw materials. BioFoam is produced using PLA made from renewable resources and thus makes an important contribution to reducing CO 2 emissions. Furthermore, BioFoam at the end of its lifecycle can be industrially composted (certified in accordance with EN13432). A recent practical trial by a major composting facility in the Netherlands demonstrated that the material completely disappears within 4 weeks. As such the material can be processed in the technical as well as biological cycle, as a result of which BioFoam was the first biobased plastic foam to be awarded the C2C Silver certificate. Dave Gijsberts, Account Manager at Synprodo explains: “We started to develop a PLA (PolyLactide) particle foam as far back as 2006. In the meantime we have our own PLA polymerisation factory in Etten-Leur in the Netherlands. The technology used to produce BioFoam has been patented throughout the world. We are delighted that major players, such as AkzoNobel, appreciate the benefits of our material and hope that this will set an example that other companies will follow. The reduction of CO 2 emission is a priority everywhere. With BioFoam we offer customers the possibility of effectively making a contribution in this area. It is for good reason that we won the Dutch MKB Innovation Award in 2010, and very recently the 9 th Global Bioplastics Award (organized by bioplastics MAGAZINE, with ice cream producer Zandonella being the winner with their BioFoam ice-cream box)”. Piet de Jong, Packaging Development Manager at Alabastine: “We are going to process more than half a million trays on an annual basis. At the present time the trays are still more expensive than the same EPS tray, but because AkzoNobel values sustainability, we are prepared to pay a little more for this”. MT www.alabastine.nl www.synprodo.nl Bio4Pack, leading the way to a world of sustainable packaging bioplastics MAGAZINE [01/15] Vol. 10 31

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