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News daily upated news at Arkema selects Singapore as new Rilsan production site In early May, Arkema, headquartered in Colombes, France, announced the location of its planned new worldscale plant for the production of the monomer of PA11 - 11-Aminoundecanoic acid, derived from castor oil - and its Rilsan ® polyamide 11 resins. The company has chosen Jurong Island in Singapore to set up its new bio-sourced polyamide production site, because of the advantages the location offers in terms of infrastructure, logistics, industrial integration and operational excellence, as well as optimization of the carbon footprint of the planned business. Plans for the new plant, which will double global production capacities, were announced in July 2017, in response to strong demand from Asia for high-performance bio-sourced lightweighting solutions. Rilsan polyamide 11 is derived from castor oil and so is the 100% bio-sourced polyamide approved for many of the most demanding applications, in particular in the electronics, 3D printing, oil and gas extraction, and automotive markets, as a substitute to metal. “This major investment bolsters our global presence in biosourced materials while bringing us significantly closer to our customers in Asia Singapore’s industrial and innovation-friendly environment is, we believe, a key asset for our project, " commented Erwoan Pezron, global group President for Arkema’s technical polymers business line. This project is part of the Group’s exceptional investments of in total some 500 million Euros earmarked for the 2018-2021 period. Construction is scheduled to be completed by late 2021 MT From cigars to PLA-films ERRATUM (Issue 02/2019) Founded at the end of the 19th century as cigar manufactory the company shifted from cigars to plastics film packaging in the 1970s and became arbo Plastic, a Swiss pioneer company to offer first-class quality films. 2016, after many years of successfully producing specialty Barex barrier plastic films, Barex resin was no longer manufactured by the supplier. These circumstances forced arbo Plastic to carefully evaluate and rethink their future business orientation. The aim is to convert to modern, environmentally friendly, sustainable and compostable materials. 2018 arbo Plastic took up the challenge by stepping into the future. The right moment to recognise the signs of the times. An enormous amount of new materials needed to be tested, the best qualities had to be found and the market has to be conquered anew. An inspiring task for a visionary like the owner and CEO Ursula Friederich and her team. The company recognized that PLA is the material of choice which meets the needs of a rapidly growing market. With their comprehensive experience in the field of film extrusion, mainly in the 80 µm and higher range, arbo Plastic are best prepared for an intensive exchange of knowledge and the repositioning of the company. With uncomplicated flexibility, speed, precision and reliability the Swiss offer personal support and development of individual solutions for specific customer requirements, even for small quantities: arbo Plastic stands for Swiss quality. MT Heat Resistant and home compostable PLA resins In the last issue bioplastics MAGAZINE published an article about Kompuestos' "Heat Resistant and home compostable PLA resins". We sincerely apologize for an error that occured in this article. The production capacity is 170,000 tonnes, not 17,000 tonnes. The paragraph should red correctly: Kompuestos is a Spanish company founded in 1986 in Palau Solità i Plegamans near Barcelona. Over the past three decades, Kompuestos has acquired an in-depth knowledge of the market and has positioned itself as oneof the main international suppliers of a large variety of masterbatches, all of which are intended to meet the needs of very diverse markets in the plastics industry, among which the packaging sector. With a production capacity of over 170,000 tonnes per year and growing, Kompuestos has established itself as one of the leading companies in the sector, while still seeking to expand its business MT 6 bioplastics MAGAZINE [03/19] Vol. 14

News DowDuPont Inc. selling out on sustainability? During a May 2 conference call, DowDuPont said it is moving six units into a new non-core segment as it considers options, including divestment. Incoming company CEO Marc Doyle who will take over from ED Breen as DuPont’s CEO said the non-core units are photovoltaic and advanced materials, biomaterials – including corn-derived Sorona textiles - clean technologies, sustainable solutions, the Hemlock Semiconductor Group joint venture and the DuPont Teijin Films joint venture. Questions were raised, as four of the six operations be considered for divestment involve environmentally-oriented products. DowDuPont CEO Ed Breen, who will be chairman of DuPont, responding by explaining that “they are more volatile assets than I would want in my portfolio.” The businesses totalled B in revenues and generated about 0 million of operating earnings last year, said Doyle. Previously, in November 2018, Breen had sold off DowDuPont’s cellulosic ethanol business, which converts the inedible parts of the corn plant into motor fuel, including a 0 million Iowa biorefinery that opened in 2015. The DuPont cellulosic ethanol plant in the town of Nevada, in Iowa, USA was sold to the US subsidiary of German biofuels company's Verbio. Verbio plans to start construction to transition the plant from ethanol to renewable natural gas in the spring, with commercial production of renewable transportation fuel ready to go by summer 2020. DowDuPont, the company that resulted following the merger of equals in August 2017, is currently in the process of breaking up into three independent publicly traded companies, with Dow being dedicated to commodity chemical production, DuPont to specialty chemical production, and Corteva to agricultural chemicals. Dow, the Materials Science division, was successfully spun off on April; the Agriculture and Speciality divisions will be split up in June 2019. MT BASF and Lactips partner to market water-soluble, biodegradable film BASF and Lactips announced in mid-May that both companies have signed an exclusive contract to market Lactips’ water-soluble, 100% biobased and fully biodegradable material prepared from natural ingredients. This long-term partnership supports BASF’s strategy to leverage sustainable solutions to drive business growth. BASF and Lactips will bring in their respective expertise to offer this innovative technology to the home care as well as industrial and institutional (I&I) market. While Lactips focuses on the development of the film material technology based on technical casein obtained from excess of milk protein production, BASF will bring in its expertise in network and supply chain to market the product. The solution of Lactips aims on the replacement of polyvinyl alcohol films in home care and I&I applications, such as dishwasher tabs. “Sustainability plays a major role in all of BASF’s business processes,” said Robert Parker, Director, New Business Development at Care Chemicals, BASF. “Lactips’ solution for films for dishwasher tabs supplements our existing portfolio of sustainable offerings. It allows us to provide our customers with a broad portfolio of bio-degradable products for the home care industry.” “Lactips is proud to have its technology marketed by a leading global partner with a strong network,” said Marie- Hélène Gramatikoff, CEO Lactips. “We will benefit from BASF’s experience and latest developments in the home care industry.” Lactips offers the first water-soluble, fully biodegradable plasticfree plastic. Created in 2014 by Marie-Hélène Gramatikoff, plastics and business strategy specialist, and Frédéric Prochazka, researcher at Saint-Etienne University, Lactips designs, develops and markets a watersoluble, biodegradable plastic-free plastic material based on milk protein. This new material is also food contact approved, edible and aligned with the sustainable ambitions of the food processing sector. In the middle term, Lactips plans to build a 2,500 m² plant to expand production to 3,000 tonnes a year and up. MT | bioplastics MAGAZINE [03/19] Vol. 14 7

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