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Event “Bio-based Material” conference and award The International Conference on Bio-based Materials in Cologne (Germany) is a well-established meeting point for companies working in the field of bio-based chemicals and materials. Almost 200 participants, mainly from the industry and representing 25 countries, met on May 10 th and 11 th for the 10 th edition of this event to discuss the latest developments in the sector. 25 companies presented their products and services at the exhibition. Currently, the bio-based economy is developing well. We see a lot of investment in medium-sized production plants and double digit growth for new bio-based building blocks and platform chemicals. They are precursors for new bio-based polymers, composites, textiles, adhesives, solvents, detergents or lubricants, which provide new features and properties for a wide range of end products. The worldwide leading companies in the field of new bio-based building blocks presented their latest developments and applications at the event in Cologne. The conference presentations highlighted bio-based solutions with special features and properties. As representatives of a new sustainable green chemistry, they have a lot to offer and will conquer the market. Traditional part of the conference is the Innovation Award “Bio-based Material of the Year”. This year it was awarded to three innovative materials in specific applications. The competition focused on new developments in the bio-based economy, which have had (or will have) a market launch in 2016 or 2017. Six companies out of about 20 applicants were nominated by the conference’s advisory board and experts of nova- Institute. Each nominee introduced its innovation in a short 10-minute presentation to the audience. The three winners were elected by the participants of the conference and announced at the traditional gala dinner. nova-Institute and the award sponsor InfraServ, are proud to announce the winners of the “Bio-based Material of the Year 2017” (from Finland and Germany), which are great examples of this new generation of bio-based products with improved features: 1: BIO-LUTIONS: Upgrading agricultural residues to packaging materials With its innovative mechanical process, BIO-LUTIONS (Hamburg, Germany) produces high performance ecologically sustainable packaging and disposable tableware made directly from agricultural residuals. For this, BIO-LUTIONS works with small farmers in India and China. Converted into self-binding natural fibres, this innovation lets the contaminating and energy-intense process of cellulose extraction to be a thing of the past. The final products can either decompose under normal conditions (just a the leaves of a tree), be used for biogas production and can be recycled or burned with a nearly CO 2 neutral carbon footprint. Local raw material, local production and local market – decentralisation is the key. 2: Paptic ® : The next generation of paper bags – lighter and stronger Paptic ® is replacing oil-based plastics with bio-based, recyclable and reusable Paptic materials, which uses a novel wood fibre for a (PLA-based) bioplastic composite paper combining the benefits of paper, plastics and textiles. Furthermore, this material can be recycled in existing paper recycling facilities. First application of Paptic is carrier bags, addressing the EU directive target for 55 % reduction of plastic bag use by 2019. Paptic bags have been launched to market in June 2016. The patented Paptic technology is based on foam forming technology which is using 30 % less energy and enabling up to 50 % light weighting of products, when compared to traditional papermaking. The company Paptic Oy (Espoo, Finland) is a spin-off of the VTT Technical Research Centre. The lucky winner BIO-LUTIONS 8 bioplastics MAGAZINE [03/17] Vol. 12

Event 3: Phytowelt GreenTechnologies: Highquality raspberry fragrance with the help of biotechnology The chemical synthesis of raspberry fragrance by separating different ions is currently complex and uneconomic. With its patented process, Phytowelt is now able to produce only the desired (R)-alpha-Ione. Therefore, the raspberry fragrance is chiral pure, smells intensive and is, because of the biotechnological production, a natural flavour component. It is used in food, drinks, perfumes, drugs and other applications. This raspberry fragrance is the first natural essence in the market which can be produced in high quantity as well as quality resulting in a high competitive advantage. The other nominees Two more developments were nominated for the award: Cooper Tire (Findlay, Ohio, USA) presented guayule natural rubber (guayule polymer – polyisoprene) for tire applications. Guayule is a shrub that grows in regions such as the Southwestern USA It holds promise as a source of rubber for the tire industry — a possible alternative to Hevea rubber, which could be in short supply in the future and is subject to dramatic price fluctuations. This year, Cooper and its consortium partners completed a five-year bio-material study to assess how guayule rubber could be used in modern passenger car tires. Key wins include among others the creation of the first ever concept tire where all of the natural and synthetic rubber has been replaced with guayule. Hexpol TPE (Eupen, Belgium / Åmål, Sweden) presented Dryflex ® Green, a family of bio-based thermo plastic elastomers (TPE). They are opening up previously unreachable solutions to the bio-based thermoplastic market by covering a wider range of hardnesses, including softer grades, while incorporating high levels of renewable content to over 90 %. Hexpol has also developed compounds using organic fillers from plants, crops or trees; these give additional organic appearance and haptics. Dryflex Green TPEs are highly customisable, with grades tailored to meet specific application requirements to give manufacturers of household goods, sports equipment, toys, infant care and packaging new opportunities for sustainability. bioplastics MAGAZINE will report about both developments in more detail in future issues. MT | | | | | | magnetic_148, 175.00 lpi 15.00° 75.00° 0.00° 45.00° 14.03.2009 10:13:31 Prozess CyanProzess MagentaProzess GelbProzess Schwarz Magnetic for Plastics • International Trade in Raw Materials, Machinery & Products Free of Charge PAPTIC C M Y • Daily News from the Industrial Sector and the Plastics Markets • Current Market Prices for Plastics. CM MY CY CMY K • Buyer’s Guide for Plastics & Additives, Machinery & Equipment, Subcontractors and Services. • Job Market for Specialists and Executive Staff in the Plastics Industry Up-to-date • Fast • Professional bioplastics MAGAZINE [03/17] Vol. 12 9

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