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Automotive Materials Biobased engineering plastic for Mazda’s Roadstar RF DURABIO, developed by Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation (MCC), is a biobased engineering plastic made from plantderived isosorbide. It features excellent performance, offering higher resistance to impact, heat, and weather than conventional engineering plastics. Additional benefits include ease of coloring – Durabio can be simply mixed with pigment to create glossy, highly reflective, and rich hue surfaces – as well its hardness, enhancing durability and scratch resistance. These advantages eliminate the need for a coating process, thereby reducing emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from paints. MCC and Mazda jointly developed a new grade of Durabio that can be used for exterior design parts without coating. The new grade has been used for interior and exterior design parts of Mazda’s CX-9, Axela, and Demio since 2015, when it was first adopted for the Roadstar launched in the same year. The Roadstar RF is the fifth model to use Durabio, and the new grade will be adopted for more models. Example of adoption: Roadstar (top), Axela (bottom) Photos by Mazda MCC will accelerate research and development of Durabio, with the goal of expanding applications for automobile interior design parts, of course, but also expansion of its use in exterior design parts, contributing to environment-friendly automobile production. MT Focus: ++ Bio-based Building Blocks & Platform Chemicals ++ Oleochemistry ++ Innovation Award ++ Start-ups ++ HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WORLDWIDE BIOECONOMY • Policy and Markets • Standardisation, Labelling and Certifications • Innovation Award “Bio-based Material of the Year 2017” • Bio-based Building Blocks and Platform Chemicals • Oleochemicals and Bio-based Polymers • Start-Ups Organiser News Start-ups are invited to apply for the exciting Start-up Session! The 10 th International Conference on Bio-based Materials is aimed at providing international major players from the bio-based building blocks, polymers and industrial biotechnology industries with an opportunity to present and discuss their latest developments and strategies. The conference builds on successful previous conferences: 300 participants and 30 exhibitors mainly from industry are expected. Contact Dominik Vogt Conference Manager +49 (0)2233 4814-49 Find more information at: 10 bioplastics MAGAZINE [01/17] Vol. 12

Automotive Panels for trucks and buses New biodegradable and flame-retardant panels for trucks and buses from wastes from the paper industry AIMPLAS (Valencia, Spain), the Plastics Technology Centre, has finished the European project BRIGIT after 48 months of research. In the project, 15 partners including the University of Cantabria and the Spanish company Green Source S.A. Thanks to these researches, it has been obtained a new generation of fire resistant panels for trucks and buses manufactured from biopolymers from by-products from the cellulose paste manufacturing for the paper industry. The project BRIGIT (EU Seventh Framework Programme) began in August 2012. During its performance, different subjects have been tackled, from the obtaining of biopolymers, their formulation and modification to improve the fire behaviour to the processing of the resulting biocomposites for panel manufacturing, which were installed inside trucks and buses from Solaris and Fiat. Moreover, the economic and environmental viability of the new products has been validated. High added value for the wastes from the cellulose manufacturing In order to get these innovative panels, the partners of the project developed a new process to obtain bioplastics, in particular PHB (polyhydroxybutyrate) and PBS (polybutylene succinate), more ecologic than the existing ones. They are obtained from by-products from the cellulose production. As the main project researcher, Miguel Ángel Valera, says “the use of by-products from the cellulose manufacturing process as source of sugars needed to carry out the fermentation process of the microorganisms producing PHB and succinate acid, it allows an integration of the processes needed to obtain the biopolymers used in BRIGIT, therefore we get a saving in manufacturing costs.” More recyclable and eco-friendly vehicles By means of compounding techniques, AIMPLAS mixed and modified both biopolymers to obtain a biocomposite with strict requirements. Firstly, it is a processable material by means of extrusion, with the mechanical and fire resistance that the transports industry demands, but with the advantage of being fully biodegradable and also compostable after its grinding, in contrast with the thermosetting resins currently used. Secondly, by means of continuous compression moulding the multilayer panels formed by biocomposite sheets and natural fibres (replacing the usual glass fibre) and a light cork core inside have been manufactured. In addition to be installed inside trucks and buses as columns and side panels, these 3D panels could be also used in trains, ships, vans and other means of transport of goods and people. MT Solaris Urbino Magnetic for Plastics • International Trade in Raw Materials, Machinery & Products Free of Charge. • Daily News from the Industrial Sector and the Plastics Markets. • Current Market Prices for Plastics. • Buyer’s Guide for Plastics & Additives, Machinery & Equipment, Subcontractors and Services. • Job Market for Specialists and Executive Staff in the Plastics Industry. Up-to-date • Fast • Professional bioplastics MAGAZINE [01/17] Vol. 12 11

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