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Show preview Total Corbion PLA Total Corbion PLA (Gorinchem, The Netherlands) will be showcasing a number of partner applications based on PLA to illustrate the range of possibilities offered by this versatile biopolymer. Visitors are welcome to enjoy a fresh cup of coffee at booth S35085, served in a PLA-lined cup. The cups have been supplied by EcNow Tech, who produce and distribute a number of sustainable alternative packaging applications under their Earth Smart range. The paper cups have a PLA lining that can withstand boiling water, and are a sustainable alternative to the traditional PE-lined variety based on oil-based plastics. The cups therefore have a lower carbon footprint, and can be industrially composted after use (where local facilities exist). Other high heat PLA applications on display coffee capsules for Nespresso machines from ATI, take-away coffee cup lids from WinGram, tea bags from Nonwoven Network, heat stable IBM bottles from ERT and thermoformed thin-wall single-use coffee cups from Pack & Proper. In addition, a number of standard PLA applications will also be presented. A bioplastic thermoformed black platter for attractive presentation of foods such as cheese, sushi and finger food has been developed by Pack & Proper. It is made from Luminy ® PLA and has been designed to exhibit a ‘stone-look’. Other examples of innovative PLA applications on display include PLA toys by GRABIO, DJ Toys and Genius Toy Taiwan, single-use PLA aprons from Gaia, thermoformed PLA packaging from Bio4Pack, PLA non-woven applications from Yangtze, PLA toothbrushes from PolyAlloy and foamed ice cream packaging from Synbra. S35085 46 Danimer Scientific Danimer Scientific (Bainbridge, Georgia, USA) continues to expand the role of biopolymers in packaging and single use disposable plastic articles. For the past ten years, PLA has been the predominate choice of brand owners looking at more sustainable options. By developing a reactive extrusion process to improve the properties of PLA, Danimer Scientific carved out a market niche to make PLA more suitable for food service items (i.e. plates, bowls, cutlery and straws) along with flexible film and rigid packaging applications. For the last 10 years Danimer has also been working to commercialize medium chain length PHA (polyhydroxyalkanoate) materials. This new family of polymers is leading the way as a cost effective alternative to traditional polymers. Made from the bacterial fermentation of fatty acids, these polymers can be made with a range of physical and mechanical properties that more closely reflect the characteristics of traditional plastics while remaining truly biodegradable. This will give brand owners a much broader choice of materials when looking at projects that require more heat tolerance or higher barrier properties, allowing consumers all the benefits of plastics without the extended contamination of the earth’s ecosystems. S34084 44 Dynisco, Glycon Partners Dynisco and Glycon Corp. (Tecumseh,Michigan, USA) will be exhibiting the technology that they utilize to generate accurate information enabling machine optimization, energy savings and sustainable solutions for processing bioplastics and recycled materials. Plastics processors will see the environmental contributions of Dynisco’s state of the art ViscoIndicator installed in Glycon’s Innovation Laboratory. Glycon’s Lab has been completely redesigned to facilitate the generation of accurate information that Glycon will utilize in designing “high performance” Bio-Screws ® . W4363 NatureWorks From coffee capsules to food serviceware and appliances to 3D printing, NatureWorks has been leading applications innovation for biomaterials since 1989, and the following innovations are waiting for NPE attendees at the NatureWorks NPE exhibit in the South Hall Stand S28147. A new generation of coffee capsules show how this packaging can be designed to enhance beverage taste and aroma while offering a compostable solution after use. NatureWorks’ 3D printing grades take quality filament to a new, higher level of performance and greatly extend the range of PLA applications. Bioplastic food serviceware including cups with state of the art coatings and utensils with higher strength and heat resistance are contributing to reduced levels of organic waste going to landfills for significant benefits to cities and venues implementing zero waste initiatives. NatureWorks features a refrigerator liner that reduces energy consumption over the life of the appliance by up to 13 %. And much, much more. S28147 38 42 bioplastics MAGAZINE [02/18] Vol. 13

Innovation. Technology. Sustainability. From equipment and trends to the people advancing plastics manufacturing, NPE2018: The Plastics Show has it covered. Be there to discover new ways to maximize efficiency, advance your operations and achieve success. REGISTER TODAY AT NPE.ORG MAY 7–11, 2018 | ORLANDO, FL, USA We’ve got it machined. melted. extruded. welded. compounded. blow molded. injection molded. covered. casted. fabricated. foamed. thermoformed. rotation molded. vacuum formed. cooled. heated. sealed. thermoset. packaged. transported. consumed. recycled.

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