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Issue 01/2016

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Automotive Foam Basics: Public Procurement

Editorial dear readers

Editorial dear readers Ten years of bioplastics MAGAZINE… whew – how the time has flown. I remember well how it all began. I first came into contact with bioplastics when I took on an assignment from IBAW (today European Bioplastics) to act as a PR-consultant for the “Innovationparc – bioplastics in packaging” at interpack 2005 in Düsseldorf. And, like so many other people, I was impressed. Throughout the summer after the trade fair, I couldn’t sleep, obsessed by the thought that bioplastics were the future – and that I wanted to be a part of it. I had been badly bitten by the bioplastics virus, you might say. So, I asked the experts “What’s the name of your industry’s trade journal? I want a subscription!” But there was none... And that’s how it all started. This 10 th anniversary also means a year in which we’re rolling out a few special projects: First of all, we are promoting our new App for smartphones and tablets. The App itself is free of charge and can be downloaded from the Apple appstore and from the Android Google playstore. During our anniversary year, all our content can also be downloaded for free. This means that you can read bioplastics MAGAZINE and follow us on twitter on your mobile devices – wherever you are. Of course, we’ll also have a booth at K’2016, the world’s number one trade show for the plastics and rubber industry in October in Düsseldorf, Germany. Here, we’re planning a celebration party with music, cool drinks and snacks – and you, faithful reader, are invited. More details will follow in a later issue of the magazine. Now, about the current issue: we’re kicking off the new year with highlights on automotive applications and on foam. In the Basics section, we discuss the possibilities and challenges of public procurement. Can government stimulate and support the use of bioplastics by mandating their purchase and use in products for the public sector? We’d also like to introduce a new series in which we’re marking our anniversary year with a blast from the past. Here we’ll be re-publishing interesting articles from the early years of bioplastics MAGAZINE. Apart from the cover, have a look at page 32. Lastly, we’d like to invite you again to our 4 th PLA World Congress in Munich, Germany on May 25 th and 26 th . The Green Bag Conference, however, has regretfully had to be postponed to an as yet unknown date, due to insuperable challenges. For current news, be sure to check the latest reports, breaking news and daily news updates at www.bioplasticsmagazine.com. We hope you enjoy reading bioplastics MAGAZINE. Sincerely yours bioplastics MAGAZINE Vol. 11 ISSN 1862-5258 Basics bioplastics magazine Vol. 1 ISSN 1862-5258 Public Procurement | 34 Highlights Automotive | 12 Foam | 30 Jan/Feb Top Talk: Interview with Helmut Traitler, VP Packaging of Nestlé | 10 May 2006 01 | 2016 Follow us on twitter! www.twitter.com/bioplasticsmag Like us on Facebook! www.facebook.com/bioplasticsmagazine Michael Thielen bioplastics MAGAZINE [01/16] Vol. 11 3

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