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Biocomposites Composites going green Biocomposites, wood and natural fibres as well as bio-based polymers at COMPOSITES EUROPE 2017 The unique opportunity to market your bio-based composite solutions efficiently! Four stands are still available with an all-round carefree package consisting of intensive marketing and services at the joint “Bio-based Composites” pavilion. COMPOSITES EUROPE 2017 will present everything in the field of composites from 19 September to 21 September in Stuttgart. This includes bio-based products, technologies and solutions. For the fourth time, exhibitors and novainstitute together will be demonstrating at the “Bio-based Composites” pavilion how well sustainable products perform when it comes to lightweight construction, bio-based materials and the most modern composite solutions. A total of 14 companies can present the topic of bio-composites at the trade fair. The joint stand is located centrally in hall 6 stand D50. Expected are visitors from around 60 nations. Of these, more than 40 % are international visitors. At the “Bio-based Composites” pavilion, which over the last four years has already expanded to an area of 150 m 2 , companies from the field of cellulose, wood and natural fibres are welcome, as well as companies from the field of bio-based thermosets and thermoplastics. Ten companies have already booked a place at the pavilion. To book one of the four spots still available, please contact asta.partanen@ Meet the following key players from the bio-based industry and their service providers: Biowert ( Processes meadows grass in a green biorefinery to composite granulates that can be used as well as for everyday consumer goods as for decking tiles (DE). Bcomp ( Supplier of Natural Fibre Composites (NFC), Bcomp “PowerRibs” natural fibre technology triples the stiffness of thin-walled structures compared to other composite parts with the same weight (CH). Cordenka ( produces the industrial yarn Cordenka Rayon. The cellulose-based fibre is used as a reinforcing material, in high-performance tires and technical rubber products (DE). Depestele Group ( Leading European private flax producer specializing in special grades of technical fibres and refining the fibres up to the fibre intermediates (FR) Dehondt Composites ( Partner for “high-tech” flax composites in automotive and many others. The offer ranges from fibres and rovings to pre-impregnated textiles (FR). EcoTechnilin ( The company has developed “FibriPreg technology”, for example, in which furfural-based bio-resin from TransFurans Chemicals from Belgium is used for aerospace and automotive applications (UK). European Industrial Hemp Association ( Association of the European hemp industry, member companies are supplier of technical hemp fibres for composites, mainly for the automotive industry (EU). Fachagentur Nachwachsende Rohstoffe (FNR) (www. The FNR will provide information on all topics and projects related to bio-based composites at the biobased pavilion (DE). nova-Institut ( Organizer of the joint pavilion provides comprehensive services in the field of natural fibres, bio-based polymers and composites, technical-economic assessments, life cycle assessments, market analyses and project development (DE). Safilin ( Leading European spinner of hemp and flax fibres with good access to industrial networks in this area (FR). At COMPOSITES EUROPE 2017 at the Stuttgart fairground, the second bio!CAR conference ( will be organized for bio-based materials in automotive engineering (cf pp. 8). On September 20 and 21, experts from all fields of bio-based materials present their latest developments in Stuttgart. The conference will be organized jointly by bioplastics MAGAZINE and nova- Institute in cooperation with Reed Exhibitions and the Reinforced Plastics Association (AVK). MT 24 bioplastics MAGAZINE [04/17] Vol. 12

Biocomposites New line of biobased biocomposites Green Dot Bioplastics has developed a new line of biocomposites combining natural fibers and Braskem’s I’m Green biobased polyethylene. Terratek ® biobased biocomposites are designed to meet the rapidly growing consumer demand for more sustainable plastic for durable goods. Terratek bicomposites can be made with a variety of natural fibers and agricultural byproducts including wood, corncob, hemp, jute, flax, banana fibers, neem, or wheat stalk. The company specializes in creating custom formulations to meet the specific value propositions for a product or market segment. Terratek biobased biocomposites combine these natural fibers with sugar cane based bio-polyethylene to create a strong, durable plastic. The new line of biocomposites can deliver a wide range of physical characteristics with a lighter environmental footprint compared to petroleumbased plastics. The natural fibers provide strength and durability to the plastic while adding a unique aesthetic to enhance product differentiation. Green Dot Bioplastics has once again teamed up with Colorado toymaker, BeginAgain to introduce its new biobased biocomposite in a new line of toys licensed by John Deere. ‘Eco Rigs’ are made in John Deere’s signature green and yellow. The first two toys are a Front Loader and Dump Truck with working scoop and dump to encourage active, creative play. BeginAgain asked Green Dot to formulate a new biocomposite for the project, using corncobs harvested in America’s heartland combined with the biobased polyethylene to create a sweet new bioplastic made from renewable resources. “We are moving kids from oil to soil, using plants to create today’s plastics,” said BeginAgain co-founder, Chris Clemmer. “BeginAgain is proud to partner with John Deere to bring toys made from the bounty of American farms and produced in American factories, into the homes of families around the world.” Green Dot Bioplastics CEO, Mark Remmert explained, “Green Dot excels at working with customers to provide materials that meet their specific sustainability goals; whether beginning of live, end of life or other life cycle attributes.” Green Dot produces the Terratek biobased biocomposites at its Cottonwood Falls plant (Kansas, USA). Pellets can be optimized for injection molding, profile and sheet extrusion. These new materials open a wide range of new possibilities for biobased plastics, enhancing physical properties while lightening the environmental footprint of the durable goods that we use every day. MT bioplastics MAGAZINE [04/17] Vol. 12 25

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