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News daily upated news at Joint venture SKYi FKuR Biopolymers starts production in India A decade of successful collaboration between FKuR (Germany, Willich) and India's SKYi Innovations LLP (Pune), acting as distributors of the FKuR bioplastics range, has laid the foundation for a promising presence in the Indian market. Both companies finally established the SKYi FKuR Biopolymers Pvt Ltd joint venture at the end of 2019 to further strengthen their cooperation. The local production of biodegradable, partially biobased plastics has now begun. This is a further step in implementing the FKuR mission to leave the world a little better than we found it by using sustainable plastics solutions. The joint venture produces a significant part of the Bio-Flex® product range for local demand as well as for distribution to neighbouring regions. This makes the JV the first dedicated manufacturer of compostable biopolymer compounds in India. Patrick Zimmermann, member of the executive board of FKuR Group explains this strategic step: "After our participation at Plastindia 2012, it was clear to us that the Indian continent is a strategically important bridgehead and a hub for our products in Asia and Africa as well." In addition, Carmen Michels, also a member of the FKuR Group executive team and one of the four directors of the JV adds, "Given the global drive to reduce consumption and disposal of single-use plastics, reduce plastic waste and adopt sustainable solutions, the demand for compostable plastics is also growing in these regions, with a focus on packaging and catering applications, as well as agribusiness. In particular, compostable plastics can make a positive contribution to waste management in India, as setting up organic recycling is infinitely easier and less costly compared to other disposal options such as mechanical recycling or thermal recovery." The plant built for this purpose will employ up to 40 people in the first expansion phase. A modern compounding line is run on three shifts. In the company's own testing laboratory, which contains a small blown film line along with other equipment, the qualities of the incoming raw materials and the end products are monitored according to German standards. Sachin Jain, Managing Director of SKYi Innovations LLP and, like Michels, Director of the JV, adds, "SKYi FKuR Biopolymers combines German technology with Indian agility and entrepreneurial spirit. Together, we will bring advanced 'Made in India' solutions to the market and offer our customers excellent service with high flexibility and short lead times." AT | | Braskem investing to increase biopolymer production Braskem has announced plans to increase the capacity of its green ethylene unit in Triunfo, Rio Grande do Sul. Derived from sugarcane ethanol, the ethylene produced here is used in the production of Braskem’s renewable PE and EVA resins. The company is now investing USD 61 million to expand the capacity of this unit from the current 200,000 tonnes/ year up to 260,000 tonnes/year. The project will be rolled out in 2021 and should be concluded in the fourth quarter of 2022. “The increase in biopolymer capacity and production reflects healthy growth in demand from society and our partners for sustainable products, which has increased significantly in recent years. It’s also a strong signal of Braskem’s commitment towards sustainable development which reflects the values of our supply chain partners and our customers. Our business expansion aims to consolidate Braskem’s leadership of the biopolymers market,” said Marco Jansen, global biopolymers leader at Braskem. the sector’s largest and most modern research complex in Latin America. The company invested USD 290 million in building the industrial unit and, in 2010, unveiled the world’s first polyethylene (PE) produced from renewable resources on an industrial scale, today marketed under the I’m green bio-based brand. Since then, Braskem has ramped up production, and expanded the brand with new renewable solutions such as its I’m green bio-based EVA, a resin used in the automotive and footwear sectors, amongst others. MT Braskem initially started exploring the production of biopolymers from sugarcane in 2007 at the Technology and Innovation Center in the Triunfo Petrochemical Complex, 8 bioplastics MAGAZINE [02/21] Vol. 16

ioplastics MAGAZINE presents: bio PAC #biopac Call for Papers still open! Conference on Biobased Packaging 03 - 04 Nov 2021 - Düsseldorf, Germany Most packaging is only used for a short period and therefore give rise to large quantities of waste. Accordingly, it is vital to make sure that packaging fits into natures eco-systems and therefore use the most suitable renewable carbon materials and implement the best ‘end-of-life’ solutions. That‘s why bioplastics MAGAZINE (in cooperation with Green Serendipity) is now organizing the 4 th edition of the bio!PAC - conference on packaging made from renewable carbon plastics, i.e. from renewable resources. Experts from all areas of renewable carbon plastics and circular packaging will present their latest developments. The conference will also cover discussions like end-of-life options, consumer behaviour issues, availability of agricultural land for material use versus food and feed etc. The full 2-day conference is planned to be held on 03-04 Nov 2021 in Düsseldorf, Germany (Maritim Airport Hotel). Bronze Sponsor Coorganized by supported by Media Partner bioplastics MAGAZINE [02/21] Vol. 16 9

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