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News daily upated news at 3D printing with PHA Bioplastics specialist Helian Polymers (Belfeld , The Netherlands) announced in February a new partnership with South Korea based CJ CheilJedang BIO (CJ BIO). The joint goal of this cooperation is to develop high added value PHA based and customer specific biopolymer solutions. Since 2012 Helian Polymers’ has become one of the world's leading and most innovative 3D printing filament producers. Being an independent company since 2015, colorFabb has always worked closely with Helian Polymers to develop new materials for FFF / additive manufacturing. Now, in 2021, Helian Polymers reinvigorates its focus on biopolymers. Helian Polymers will develop custom made and high-value PHA based solutions catered to specific customer needs. Starting in 2020, R&D has already begun with partners like CJ BIO to develop a certifiable fully biodegradable 3D printing filament. Through its connection with colorFabb 3D, Helian Polymers is in a unique position to develop innovative PHA based formulations and bring it to the market with high priority. "It is in our DNA to develop truly innovative material solutions. In a world with growing awareness about sustainability and the need to take ecological responsibility we are very excited to announce the partnership with CJ CheilJedang Bio, presenting a unique opportunity to start working with their biobased building blocks, that we regard as enabling cornerstones for PHA based material solutions," said Ruud Rouleaux, CEO of Helian Polymers. Working with CJ BIO's flexible and amorphous PHA grade enables Helian Polymers to fine tune desired mechanical properties and overcome well-known problems with PHA like brittleness and shrinkage (due to its high crystallinity). This new PHA grade acts as an enabler which allows Helian Polymers, closely working with CJ BIO and colorFabb, to launch a portfolio of PHA based filaments with different properties and high added value. Partnering with CJ BIO is a logical step for Helian Polymers. CJ BIO is the world's leading supplier of fermentation based bio-products for animal and human nutrition with 11 manufacturing facilities in six countries. “We are grateful to Helian Polymers for their professional effort to developing new biodegradable 3D filaments with CJ BIO’s amorphous PHA. This new biodegradable polymer has possibility to be used for diverse applications and Helian Polymers has shown its reality through practically applicable product to society. We will continue to expand our partnership to fulfill both companies’ commitment to circular economy,” added Kuk-Ki Hong, Team leader of biodegradable business team in CJ BIO. MT DSM and partners launch Dyneema coalition Royal DSM, a global science-based company in Nutrition, Health, and Sustainable Living, recently announced that it, along with leading industry partners, has launched a new coalition, known as CirculariTeam ® . The coalition aims to drive the transition towards renewable bio- and recycled based resources within its respective industry. CirculariTeam provides a common platform to share knowledge, resources, and technological solutions, with the goal of closing the loop on Dyneema, the world’s strongest fiber. The cross-industry coalition consists of parties from across the value chain that use DSM’s Dyneema, a very strong UHMWPE fiber, in their products. This matches DSM’s vision and mission of enabling a circular economy and keeping materials at their highest value for the longest possible time. MT China’s bioplastic plans According to a report published by Nikkei Asia this February, China plans to drastically increase its production of biodegradable bioplastics. These developments seem to be in response to a policy of China’s National Development and Reform Commission with the aim to reduce the use of conventional (non-biodegradable) plastic, in early 2020. The report talks, among others, about plans of the China BBCA Group to increase their annual production capabilities of PLA up to 700,000 tonnes by 2023. Nikkei compares this to estimates of the Fuji Chimera Research Institute in Tokyo, which predicts a global market growth of PLA up to 370,000 tonnes for 2023 – which is about half the volume BBCA is planning to produce by themselves, next to around ten other Chinese companies with similar, albeit less ambitious plans for their PLA production. Further biopolymers mentioned are PBAT and PBS, the report states that around 15 companies are planning to increase their cumulative annual production of the polymers by 1.24 million tonnes almost five times their current capacity (June 2020). Nikkei suggests that this change of position of the Chinese government in Beijing will lead to incentives and subsidies on local government level – similar to past developments in the fields of wind and solar energy as well as LCD. The report further compares the Chinese production capacities to e.g., Japan, naming companies such as Mitsubishi Chemical, or Germany's BASF. AT The full report is available at: Environment/China-aims-to-go-as-big-in-bioplastics-as-it-did-in-solarpanels 6 bioplastics MAGAZINE [02/21] Vol. 16

2020 / 21 The Bioplastics Award will be presented during the 15th European Bioplastics Conference Nov 30 - Dec 01, 2021, Berlin, Germany PRESENTS THE FIFTEENTH ANNUAL GLOBAL AWARD FOR DEVELOPERS, MANUFACTURERS, AND USERS OF BIOBASED AND/OR BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICS. Call for proposals Enter your own product, service, or development, or nominate your favourite example from another organisation Please let us know until August 31 st 1. What the product, service, or development is and does 2. Why you think this product, service, or development should win an award 3. What your (or the proposed) company or organisation does Your entry should not exceed 500 words (approx. 1 page) and may also be supported with photographs, samples, marketing brochures, and/or technical documentation (cannot be sent back). The 5 nominees must be prepared to provide a 30 second videoclip and come to Berlin on Nov. 30 More details and an entry form can be downloaded from supported by bioplastics MAGAZINE [02/21] Vol. 16 7

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