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Content Imprint 34 Porsche launches cars with biocomposites Jan / Feb 01|2020 3 Editorial 5 News 30 Cover Story 28 Application News 36 Patents 40 Basics 45 10 years ago 46 Glossary 50 Suppliers Guide 54 Companies in this issue Publisher / Editorial Dr. Michael Thielen (MT) Alex Thielen (AT) Samuel Brangenberg (SB) Head Office Polymedia Publisher GmbH Dammer Str. 112 41066 Mönchengladbach, Germany phone: +49 (0)2161 6884469 fax: +49 (0)2161 6884468 Media Adviser Samsales (German language) phone: +49(0)2161-6884467 fax: +49(0)2161 6884468 Michael Thielen (English Language) (see head office) Layout/Production Kerstin Neumeister Print Poligrāfijas grupa Mūkusala Ltd. 1004 Riga, Latvia bioplastics MAGAZINE is printed on chlorine-free FSC certified paper. Print run: 3,500 copies Events 8 PLA Programm Report 10 New Market Data 2019 24 Traceability and transparency in the bioplastic market 32 Demo Forest geos bio Politics 12 Analogy between PHA materials and Vanillin 34 Consumer Demand & Regulatory Initatives Automotive 14 New sustainable interior automotive plastic 16 Rubber for tyres made from sugar cane Materials 17 Milestone in Nylon sustainability Market 18 Think Biopolymer Opinion 20 Renewable Carbon 26 Can bioplastics help the UK Applications 31 Biodegradable Denim Recycling 38 Strategic alliances to bio-cycle plastics bioplastics magazine ISSN 1862-5258 bM is published 6 times a year. This publication is sent to qualified subscribers (169 Euro for 6 issues). bioplastics MAGAZINE is read in 92 countries. Every effort is made to verify all Information published, but Polymedia Publisher cannot accept responsibility for any errors or omissions or for any losses that may arise as a result. All articles appearing in bioplastics MAGAZINE, or on the website are strictly covered by copyright. No part of this publication may be reproduced, copied, scanned, photographed and/or stored in any form, including electronic format, without the prior consent of the publisher. Opinions expressed in articles do not necessarily reflect those of Polymedia Publisher. bioplastics MAGAZINE welcomes contributions for publication. Submissions are accepted on the basis of full assignment of copyright to Polymedia Publisher GmbH unless otherwise agreed in advance and in writing. We reserve the right to edit items for reasons of space, clarity or legality. Please contact the editorial office via The fact that product names may not be identified in our editorial as trade marks is not an indication that such names are not registered trade marks. bioplastics MAGAZINE tries to use British spelling. However, in articles based on information from the USA, American spelling may also be used. Envelopes A part of this print run is mailed to the readers wrapped bioplastic envelopes sponsored by Taghleef Industries, Italy Cover StockSnap / Pixabay Follow us on twitter: Like us on Facebook:

daily upated news at News Fast biodegradability confirmed Recent studies on the biodegradability of biobased and biodegradable plastics performed by Finnish environment Institute (SYKE) show that Walki’s Bioska films are among the fastest on the market to biodegrade, both in soil and in marine conditions. While biodegradable plastics have long been considered a vital solution in the fight against plastic trash in our oceans, there has been little research on how biodegradable packaging materials actually behave in marine conditions. To remedy this, a year-long project known as Ubinam was established by SYKE to investigate the degradation of new biodegradable plastic materials in the Baltic Sea marine environment, as well as to assess the associated environmental risk. A selection of biodegradable films and materials, including Walki’s new transparent packaging films called Bioska 501 and Bioska+, underwent both field and laboratory testing. Samples of the material were placed in the Baltic Sea on the southwest coast of Finland for a period of six, and respectively 12 months. The study found that the Bioska films had the fastest biodegradability: after just six months, noting remained of the materials. A further laboratory test confirmed the results. The same materials were studied in a one-month long laboratory trial. The findings were in line with the sea tests: once again, the material showed a rapid pace of biodegradation. “These results are very encouraging as the EU is challenging conventional plastic with several neww directives, including plastic product bans, some coming into force already 2020,” said Jani Avellan, R&D Director, Innovations at Walki. “We are well prepared to help our customers chose more sustainable alternatives. Our Bioska 501 and Bioska + films are based on natural polymers by plants and bacteria. The fact that the material is also very thin contributes to their fast biodegradability”, he concluded. MT Conference on Biobased Materials Despite the challenging environment, innovative companies find markets for their new biobased building blocks, chemicals and polymers. The 13th International Conference on Biobased Materials (12 - 13 May 2020, Cologne, Germany) will present success stories and upcoming technological breakthroughs in the bioeconomy. It is the second largest event on biobased materials in Europe and continues to expand. Around 300 participants and 30 exhibitors, mainly from industries, are expected for the 2020 conference, where the leading companies of the biobased economy meet for exchange and networking. Biobased polymers can be found in almost all application sectors, such as packaging, consumer goods, toys, automotive, textiles or coating. New biobased building blocks are also available for body care, cosmetics, food ingredients and pharmaceuticals. On top of that, more and more biogenic side streams from the food industry are utilised via biotechnology as part of the circular bioeconomy. This year the Biobased Materials Conference will be focused on: • Policy and Markets • Fine chemicals in body care, cosmetics, food ingredients and pharmaceuticals • Circular bioeconomy, biorefineries and especially lignin utilisation • New opportunities for biobased building blocks and polymers As in every year, the Innovation Award “Biobased Material of the Year” is awarded to the most innovative material and product on the market. Six companies will be nominated by an expert jury, out of which the winner will be chosen by the conference participants. Proposals are accepted until 29 February 2020. The call for papers is closed, but interested companies can still suggest a poster presentation. MT Picks & clicks Most frequently clicked news Here’s a look at our most popular online content of the past two months. The story that got the most clicks from the visitors to was: Kaneka completes 5000 t/a PHBH ® plant (20 December 2019) Kaneka Co., Ltd. (headquartered in Minato-ku, Tokyo) has completed the capacity enhancement work for “Kaneka Biodegradable Polymer PHBH ® ” at its Takasago Plant as scheduled. The completion ceremony was held on December 17 th . The investment amount was approximately 2.5 billion yen (41 million EUR), and the production capacity is about 5,000 tonnes / year, five times the previously existing capacity. bioplastics MAGAZINE [01/20] Vol. 15 5

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