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Issue 01/2017

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Editorial dear readers I

Editorial dear readers I hope you all had a good start to the new year. And, even as I write these lines, our readers in China are holding their own New Year’s celebrations as they enter the “Year of the Fire Rooster”. The new year also marks the start of a new series in bioplastics MAGAZINE. In each issue, we will devote attention to a different part of the world, in order to explore how well the concept of bioplastics is known and understood in the various regions and countries around the globe. To that end, articles will be solicited for each edition from companies, researchers and other stakeholders from the region in focus in that issue. In addition, we have devised a simple survey, which we ourselves will conduct among members of the local population to assess the prevailing attitudes towards and general perception of bioplastics. This first issue starts with the BENELUX countries. Other areas to follow this year are Germany/ Austria/Switzerland, China, Scandinavia, North America and Italy/France. More areas, such as UK, New Zealand/Australia, Spain/Portugal, Poland and the Baltic States, Thailand and so on to follow later. The other highlight topics of this issue include Bioplastic Foams and Bioplastics in Automotive Applications. In the Basics section, we once again examine the general question of “Can additives make conventional plastics biodegradable?” I’d also like to draw your attention to our two conferences this year. In early May, our bio!PAC event will take place for the second time. As the World’s biggest trade fair on packaging – interpack 2017 – will be hosted in Düsseldorf, Germany, we decided to organize bio!PAC this time in the same way as we did the Bioplastics Business Breakfast @K. See pp 8-9 for details. End of September, Stuttgart, Germany will again be the place to be for all involved in Automotive Applications. The Call for Papers for the second edition of bio!CAR is already open (see p. 17). EcoComunicazione.it www.novamont.com BIODEGRADABLE AND COMPOSTABLE BIOPLASTIC CONTROLLED, innovative, GUARANTEED QUALITY OUR TOP PRIORITY Using the MATER-BI trademark licence means that NOVAMONT’s partners agree to comply with strict quality parameters and testing of random samples from the market. These are designed to ensure that films are converted under ideal conditions and that articles produced in MATER-BI meet a l essential requirements. To date over 1000 products have been tested. THE GUARANTEE OF AN ITALIAN BRAND MATER-BI is part of a virtuous production system, undertaken entirely on Italian territory. It enters into a production chain that involves everyone, from the farmer to the composter, from the converter via the retailer to the consumer. USED FOR ALL TYPES OF WASTE DISPOSAL MATER-BI has unique, environmenta ly-friendly properties. It is biodegradable and compostable and contains renewable raw materials. It is the ideal solution for organic waste co lection bags and is organica ly recycled into fertile compost. theoriginal_R8_bioplasticmagazine_flagEBC_11.12-2016_210x297_ese.indd 1 18/01/17 11:19 r8_03.2016 bioplastics MAGAZINE Vol. 12 ISSN 1862-5258 Basics Can additives make plastics biodegradable? | 40 Highlights Automotive | 10 Foam | 32 BENELUX-Special Jan / Feb 01 | 2017 ... is read in 92 countries Until then, please enjoy reading this latest issue of bioplastics MAGAZINE. Sincerely yours Michael Thielen The BENELUX Union is a politico-economic union of three neighbouring states in western Europe: Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg. The name Benelux is formed from joining the first two or three letters of each country‘s name – Belgium Netherlands Luxembourg – and was first used to name the customs agreement that initiated the union (signed in 1944). It is now used more generally to refer to the geographic, economic and cultural grouping of the three countries. In 1951, these countries joined West Germany, France, and Italy to form the European Coal and Steel Community, a predecessor of the European Economic Community (EEC) and today‘s European Union (EU). (Source: Wikipedia)

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