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Content Imprint 03|2015 May / June Events 8 bio!CAR announcement & programme 10 bio!PAC - Review 26 Chinaplas – Review Applications 29 World’s first algae-based surfboard Cover Story 12 Lovechock Basics 44 Frequently asked Questions (FAQ) Report 42 Holland Bioplastics 3 Editorial 5 News 28 Application News 46 Glossary 50 Suppliers Guide 52 Event Calendar 54 Companies in this issue Injection Moulding 14 Bioplastics Injection Moulding 16 From beach toy to 100 % biodegradable 18 New PLA formulations to replace ABS 20 Biodegradable materials for micro-irrigation 22 PHA biopolymers promise te be a game changer in marine pollution 24 New heat resistand blend for thin wall injection mouldings 25 New light mountaineering shoes made with bio-PA 4.10 Thermoset 30 Fully biobased epoxy resin from lignin 33 100 % biobasedepoxy compounds Biocomposites 34 Basalt fibres in biocomposites 36 Carbon footprint of flax, hemp, jute and kenaf 40 PowerRibs technology Publisher / Editorial Dr. Michael Thielen (MT) Samuel Brangenberg (SB) contributing editor: Karen Laird (KL) Head Office Polymedia Publisher GmbH Dammer Str. 112 41066 Mönchengladbach, Germany phone: +49 (0)2161 6884469 fax: +49 (0)2161 6884468 Media Adviser Caroline Motyka phone: +49(0)2161-6884467 fax: +49(0)2161 6884468 Chris Shaw Chris Shaw Media Ltd Media Sales Representative phone: +44 (0) 1270 522130 mobile: +44 (0) 7983 967471 Layout/Production Ulrich Gewehr (Dr. Gupta Verlag) Max Godenrath (Dr. Gupta Verlag) Mark Speckenbach (DWFB) Print Poligrāfijas grupa Mūkusala Ltd. 1004 Riga, Latvia bioplastics MAGAZINE is printed on chlorine-free FSC certified paper. Total print run: 3,500 copies bioplastics magazine ISSN 1862-5258 bM is published 6 times a year. This publication is sent to qualified subscribers (149 Euro for 6 issues). bioplastics MAGAZINE is read in 91 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. No items may be reproduced, copied or stored in any form, including electronic format, without the prior consent of the publisher. Opinions expressed in articies do not necessarily reflect those of Polymedia Publisher. All articies appearing in bioplastics MAGAZINE, or on the website www. are strictly covered by copyright. 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 in bioplastic envelopes sponsored by Flexico Verpackungen Deutshhand, Maropack GmbH & Co. KG, and Neemann Cover Lovechock Follow us on twitter: Like us on Facebook:

daily upated news at News 20 years certification of compostability In the early 1990s a piece of legislation was published with a fairly significant impact on households: citizens had to start sorting their waste. This legislation, the European Directive 94/62/EC, covering the selective collection and recycling of waste, was the first European text to feature the concept of organic recycling, better known as composting. At that time the (now obvious) standard EN 13432 was only in the initial outline, yet various municipal authorities began considering the use of compostable bags for collecting green waste. In the midst of all the numerous and sometimes rather fanciful claims of the bag manufacturers, the independent body Vinçotte developed the OK compost conformity mark (now widely known but regarded as an unseen anomaly at the time). The first two certificates were signed precisely 20 years ago, on 5 May 1995. 20 years later, Vinçotte is the world leader in the certification of bioplastics, with 380 certificate holders in all corners of the globe, 1200 certificates in circulation and a constantly growing range of conformity marks: OK biodegradable SOIL (since 2000), OK compost HOME (2003), OK biodegradable WATER (2005), OK biobased (2009) and (last but not least ?) OK biodegradable MARINE (since 2015). In addition Vinçotte is recognized as a certification body for the Seedling mark of European Bioplastics since April 2012. Vinçotte wishes a happy anniversary to all its licensees, ranging from the veterans of the 1990s to today’s newcomers, all of whom are pioneers in their own way. MT Kuraray acquires Plantic and expands into bio-based barrier materials Kuraray (headquartered in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan) announced on April 8 the completion of the acquisition of all of the shares in Plantic Technologies Limited (Australia), which is engaged in the bio-based barrier film business. Kuraray was the first to commercialize the high-performance barrier resin, EVAL (ethylene vinyl alcohol copolymer), which it launched in 1972. EVAL boasts the highest level of gas barrier properties of all plastics and is the market leading barrier resin used in food packaging and industrial barrier applications. The acquisition of Plantic enables Kuraray to provide barrier materials which meets the increasing global demand of bio-based food packaging materials. This is in line with Kuraray’s corporate mission “we in the Kuraray Group are committed to opening new fields of business using pioneering technology and contributing to an improved natural environment and quality of life”. As a world leading producer of barrier materials, Kuraray will further develop its business through the addition of Plantic’s best in class bio-based barrier material. Plantic is a global leader in bio-based barrier materials. Plantic film is used in a broad range of products in the barrier packaging sector and is supplying major supermarkets and brand owners on three continents (Australia, North America and Europe) in applications such as fresh case ready beef, pork, lamb and veal, smoked and processed meats, chicken, and fresh seafood and pasta applications. Kuraray expects that its global sales network will assist to develop the biobased barrier business in Europe, USA and Asia, responding to the global demand of improved freshness, reduced food loss and waste with the use of environmentally friendly material, Plantic film. In the Australian market Plantic film is well known and is being used by a major supermarket. In the United States, the largest meat consumer country, Plantic has commenced supply to a number of brand owners and retailers and Kuraray will further develop Plantic’s business including the potential establishment of a production base or an alliance with third parties. In Japan where the demand for extension of shelf life for fresh meat and other fresh food is increasing, Kuraray can assist its customers to reduce food loss and waste with the environmentally friendly material, Plantic film. These market developments are expected to expand the bio-based barrier material business and we expect to achieve revenue of JPY 10 billion globally over the next 3 years. In addition there are significant synergies between Kuraray’s existing barrier business and Plantic’s bio-based barrier technology which will drive new applications. Further, Kuraray’s market leading technology and global sales network is expected to accelerate the development and expansion of a barrier material business including Plantic’s technology. - bioplastics MAGAZINE [03/15] Vol. 10 5

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