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Material Automotive News Biobased 1,6-hexanediol Rennovia Inc., (Santa Clara, California, USA), a privately held company that develops novel catalysts and processes for the cost-advantaged production of chemical products from renewable feedstocks, recently announced that it has successfully commissioned, and is operating, all core pilot plant operations for its sugars to 1,6-hexanediol (1,6-HDO) process. 1,6-HDO is a specialty chemical widely used today in a variety of formulated products, including coatings, adhesives, and elastomers. Rennovia’s novel production process employs its proprietary catalyst technology and is projected to provide 1,6- HDO with drop-in performance properties. This biobased product is anticipated to have greatly reduced greenhouse gas and environmental impacts versus petroleum-based 1,6-HDO. In addition, Rennovia’s 1,6-HDO is a platform intermediate to several commodity chemicals with over USD 20 billion market value, including hexamethylenediamine (HMD), adipic acid, and caprolactam. With biobased HDM (in combination with well-established biobased sebacic acid as the “10”-component) a fully biobased PA 6.10 now moves within reach. The completion of key piloting activities and the development of a 1,6-HDO commercial design package are anticipated by the end of this year. Rennovia is in active discussions with a number of potential strategic partners to support the commercialization of 1,6-HDO and downstream products. Archer Daniel Midlands Company (ADM), a current investor in the company, has expressed strong interest in supporting Rennovia’s commercialization of these products through feedstock supply and coinvestment value chain partnering. “The recent dramatic increase in petrochemical raw material prices and HMD supply issues reinforce the need for new and differentiated HMD capacity. We believe the timing is right to bring new 1,6-HDO and HMD technologies to the market place.” said Robert Wedinger, Chief Executive Officer of Rennovia. “We look forward to selecting strategic partnerships to commercialize our innovative processes for the production of cost-advantaged chemicals,” continued Dr. Wedinger. “We continue to see a strong synergy in leveraging Rennovia’s breakthrough new catalyst technology at our manufacturing facilities to diversify our product mix and efficiently produce higher value biobased chemicals and diversify our feedstock supply for our customers,” said Kevin Moore, President of Renewable Chemicals for ADM. MT Bioplastics from fish processing residues Organic waste generated by the fish industry and the organic fraction of municipal solid waste are a valuable resource from whose recovery new products of high added value can be obtained, such as flame-retardant additives, edible coatings with a gelatine base to extend the shelf life of fish or to be incorporated in multilayer packages, as well as chemical substances to produce bioplastics. To achieve this ambitious objective, AIMPLAS (Valencia, Spain) has been coordinating the European project DAFIA with 14 partners since last January. One of the project key objectives is to obtain new plastic materials from natural resources, such as organic wastes from households and rest raw materials from the fish industry. From substances like acids and amines, which can be produced by fermentation of the household wastes, AIMPLAS will synthesize new polyamides. On the other hand, fish have in their spawns and semen (among others), a high content of nucleic acids that will be used as a source to produce new flame- retardant additives to be applied in high added value applications, such as those required by the automotive sector, among others. Other substances that can be obtained from this fish rest raw materials are gelatines, to be used as an edible coating of the fish itself. This technology can prolong the shelf life of frozen fish. In addition, this gelatine and other bioactive compounds will be used in the project for the development of active packaging. This project has been funded by the EU research and innovation programme Horizon 2020 under grant agreement no 720770. Project partners are Politecnico di Torino, Sintef Ocean, Sintef Materials & Chemistry, Danmarks Tekniske Universitet, Ircelyon, Nutrimar, Innovaco i Recerca Industrial i Sostenible, By: Biotrend – Inovação E Engenharia em Biotecnologia, Daren Jacek Laboratories Leciński, Andrea & Scientific Siebert-Raths Consultants, Mine Plastik, Bio Base Daniela Jahn and Jessica Rutz Europe Pilot Plant, Biopolis, Arkema and The National Non- Institute Food Crops for Bioplastics Centre and (NNFCC). MT Biocomposites University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Hannover, Germany 34 bioplastics MAGAZINE [03/17] Vol. 12

Material News Bio-based PE shrink film Bolloré, (Quimper, France) a pioneer in ultra-thin packaging, launched the first ultrathin packaging shrink film on a basis of green polyethylene called B-Nat ® . It was developed to offer most attractive shelf presentation and the optic properties were optimized. It is also a good product for multipacking applications due to his cohesion strength. Although I’m green PE is a drop in solution for many applications, with Bolloré and its specialty films, it was quite a bit different. Bolloré worked hard to adjust its process to develop B-Nat with Braskem’s grades and has already achieved 40 % renewable content. The production of I’m green Polyethylene contributes to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.“The development of B-Nat was an important first step that needs early adopters to give us the confidence that we are on the right direction and allow us to develop with Bolloré the next generation with even higher renewable content. In fact, I am sure this will be one more success case where an already sustainable product adds to its value proposition by shifting from fossil to renewable,” says Martin Clemesha, Technical Sales, Renewable Chemicals at Braskem. “Bolloré has always considered the environmental impact of its packaging films as a priority. Our first target was linked to source reduction: As a result, our ultra-thin shrink film range is made with a specific multilayer bio-oriented process in order to down gauge with enhanced performance. The second target was to recycle the plastic waste: Our shrink film waste can now be reprocessed in the polyethylene stream. The third target was to reduce the carbon footprint of the film: Our R&D division has worked to find a sustainable alternative to fossil material and has chosen the green PE of Braskem. After a series of successful customer trials, B-NAT film is now available to the market,” says Jean-François Glez, R&D manager, Bolloré Packaging. MT | New bio-colour-masterbatches When it comes to biodegradable plastics, aesthetics matter as much as function. To meet market demand, AF-COLOR (Niederzissen,Germany), a branch of AKRO-PLASTIC GmbH, has added new biodegradable masterbatch carriers to its AF- Eco ® product portfolio. In bioplastics, pigmentation is an increasingly important aspect. Bioplastics today are pigmented almost exclusively using colour masterbatches formulated with polymer carrier materials and the appropriate pigments. AF-Eco colour masterbatches are based on biodegradable carrier polymers. The product line has been expanded to include a broad range of biodegradable masterbatch carriers. Now there‘s a carrier material that‘s just right for every application. “We aim to rise to the challenge of growing complexity in biobased plastics applications, and this is how we plan to succeed. It will allow us to minimise interactions with other polymer components in a compound”, says Dirk Schöning, Sales Director at AF-Color. “Now there are virtually no limits to our customers’ colour requirements for biomasterbatches”, notes Inno Gaul, R & D Director at AF Color. According to the manufacturer, just about every color objective can be realised - event pearlescent effect colors. The biomasterbatches are marketed exclusively by Bio-Fed under the brand name AF-Eco. Like AF-Color, Bio-Fed is a branch of Akro-Plastic. The company specialises in marketing biobased and biodegradable plastics under the brand name M∙VERA ® . MT bioplastics MAGAZINE [03/17] Vol. 12 35

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