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Content Imprint Jul / Aug 04|2017 Publisher / Editorial Dr. Michael Thielen (MT) Samuel Brangenberg (SB) Head Office Polymedia Publisher GmbH Dammer Str. 112 41066 Mönchengladbach, Germany phone: +49 (0)2161 6884469 fax: +49 (0)2161 6884468 Media Adviser Samsales (German language) phone: +49(0)2161-6884467 fax: +49(0)2161 6884468 Chris Shaw (English language) Chris Shaw Media Ltd Media Sales Representative phone: +44 (0) 1270 522130 mobile: +44 (0) 7983 967471 and Michael Thielen (see head office) Layout/Production Kerstin Neumeister Print Poligrāfijas grupa Mūkusala Ltd. 1004 Riga, Latvia bioplastics MAGAZINE is printed on chlorine-free FSC certified paper. Print run: 3,400 copies 3 Editorial 5 News 16 Application News 46 10 years ago 50 Glossary 54 Suppliers Guide 57 Event Calendar 58 Companies in this issue Events 8 bio!CAR 11 5 th PLA World Congress Blow moulding 12 PEF Blow Moulding 14 New drinking bottle made of biobased polyamide Applications 20 PHA helps to eliminate oil pollution Report 22 New Cooperation Biocomposites 24 Composites going green 25 New line of biobased biocomposites 26 Biocomposite footbridges 27 Continuous production of all-natural fibre composites Materials 28 Green solutions for outdoor life 32 New additive grades granted food contact approval in USA 33 Biobased aniline 34 Limonene based polycarbonate 36 High quality PLA 38 Flexible laminates Survey 30 Survey in Scandinavia Opinion 40 Bioplastics role in the New Plastic Economy Basics 42 Unpacking biobased standards and certifications 44 Biobased carbon and mass content 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 92 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. All articles appearing in bioplastics MAGAZINE, or on the website are strictly covered by copyright. No part of this publication may be reproduced, copied, scanned, photographed and/or stored in any form, including electronic format, without the prior consent of the publisher. Opinions expressed in articles do not necessarily reflect those of Polymedia Publisher. 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 mt@ 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 Deutschland, Maropack GmbH & Co. KG, and Neemann Cover iofoto (shutterstock) Follow us on twitter: Like us on Facebook:

daily upated news at News Biodegradable mulch films supported in revision of EU fertilisers regulation In mid July the European Parliament’s Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) adopted its report amending the European Commission’s proposal for a revision of the Fertilisers Regulation. In its report, the IMCO Committee acknowledges the innovative potential of biodegradable mulch films which provide positive agronomical effects and help to avoid the generation of microplastics on fields. European Bioplastics (EUBP), the association representing the interests of the bioplastics industry in Europe, welcomes the support for this modern and efficient agricultural practice by the members of the IMCO Committee as well as the opinion-giving expert Committees on Agriculture and Rural Development (AGRI) and on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI). Biodegradable mulch films have been available on the market for more than 15 years, backed by solid scientific and technical knowledge, and meeting a high level of acceptance among European farmers growing fruits and vegetables. They play an essential role in modern agriculture as they deliver positive agronomical effects such as increasing yield, improving quality of crops, weed control, and reduction of water irrigation and pesticides. Additionally, they offer distinctive advantages at the end of the crop cycle as they can be left on the field and ploughed under, which significantly reduces the agricultural plastic waste and potential soil pollution. The inclusion of biodegradable mulches in the Fertilisers Regulation, with a clear link to the criteria of the upcoming European standard for the biodegradation of plastic mulch films in soil, will help to harmonise regulations across the EU Member States. The standard is expected to be published by the end of the year and will require complete biodegradation within 24 months as well as an eco-toxicity test. European Bioplastics looks forward to continuing the dialogue leading up to the vote on the revised Fertilisers Regulation in the European Parliament’s Plenary in September. MT For more information on biodegradable mulch films, please see the following links: Info Expert assessment on the accumulation of mulch films in soil (OWS, January 2017) Joint position paper of EUBP and EuropaBio on biodegradable mulch films (September 2016) Arkema's bio-PA 11 plant to double production capacity In line with its strategy to accelerate the development of its advanced materials business, Arkema has announced a major investment project in its biosourced polyamide 11 facilities in Asia. French materials designer Arkema has announced that it will invest some 300 million euros over five years in expanding the scope of its biosourced polyamide 11 chain in Asia. Driven by strong demand and growth in the automotive and 3D-printing sectors, and in consumer goods markets such as sports and electronics, the company is constructing a world-scale plant - its second - dedicated to producing Rilsan PA11 biosourced polyamide from castor oil. The first production site is in Marseille, France. The new plant, which will produce both the amino 11 monomer and its polymer, Rilsan PA11, should come on stream in late 2021 and will enable Arkema to double its Rilsan PA11 (powder and granule) production capacity. Rilsan PA11 is the only high performance 100 % biosourced polyamide to qualify for the most exacting applications and is particularly suitable for electronics, 3D-printing and automotive metal-to-plasticsubstitution applications. The investment will also boost the global production capacities for Pebax, in particular Pebax RNew, of which amino 11 is a key component. Pebax RNew is a biosourced polyamide elastomer with unique properties such as energy return and flexibility, and is targeted mainly at the sports and electronics markets. Production capacity will expand by 50 % as a result of the investment project. The project underlines the Group’s long-term commitment to offer biosourced solutions to the key challenges of lightweighting and design of materials to its Asian customers. Over the next few years, annual growth of some 7 % is forecast in these markets in Asia. “This project represents a milestone in the development of our specialty polyamides over the next few years,” said Thierry Le Hénaff, Arkema Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “We send this message out to our customers with confidence and pride. Today more than ever, we stand by our customers to offer them ultra high-tech biosourced product ranges. Our aim is to support their development all around the world with innovation-driven expert teams at their service.” This project is consistent with the Group’s ambitious strategy to step up the development of its advanced materials - ‘one of the key pillars of its future growth’, according to the company - which should eventually account for over 25 % of sales, while continuing to further consolidate its presence in Asia.MT bioplastics MAGAZINE [04/17] Vol. 12 5

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