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Materials New compound certified as biodegradable in soil The injection moulding material M·VERA ® GP1012 by BIO- FED, Cologne, Germany, a branch of AKRO-PLASTIC GmbH, Hamburg, Germany), has been tested by TÜV AUSTRIA Belgium and has been awarded the OK biodegradable SOIL certificate as per EN 13432. This bio-polyester compound is suitable for processing in injection moulding and can be easily processed by all commercial machines. It consists of 100 % renewable materials, is heat resistant to over 100 °C and has an excellent balance of stiffness and toughness. This compound is suitable for use in agriculture and horticulture and can also be used for coffee capsules. Due to its light color, M·Vera GP1012 can be coloured with the AF-Eco biomasterbatch from Bio-Fed’s sister branch AF- Color. To qualify for the OK biodegradable SOIL TÜV certificate, at least 90 % of the material must degrade into carbon dioxide and water. The degradation is tested by accredited laboratories under controlled and standardised conditions over a period of no longer than two years. Coffee capsules – a possible application for M·Vera GP1012 All elements of the compounds meet the FDA requirements for use in products that come into contact with foodstuffs. The requirements for other certificates such as “OK compost HOME”, as well as approval for products intended to come into contact with food as per EU 10/2011, are expected to be met in the first half of 2019. Since 2014 Bio-Fed produces and markets biodegradable and/or biobased compounds under the M∙Vera brand. As a branch of Akro-Plastic, a specialist for innovative customer-oriented plastic compounds, Bio-Fed is part of the international Feddersen Group which has its head office in Hamburg. The Bio-Fed product portfolio consists a broad range of bioplastics compounds with different properties, such as biodegradability and/or high biobased content. The M·Vera products are already well-established in a number of applications and can be used with various processing methods. In addition, all M·Vera compounds can be colored individually – for example with the AF-Eco biopolymerbased masterbatches which are certified in accordance with EN 13432. The AF-Eco range consists of color and carbon black masterbatches as well as additive masterbatches. In addition to materials for processing in the field of injection moulding, Bio-Fed also manufactures biocompounds for use in extrusion, e.g. blown film that meets the strict legal requirements in France and Italy. A large proportion of these compounds are renewable materials (biobased carbon content over 40 %) and meet the requirements for the relevant ‘end-of-life’ scenarios such as “OK compost INDUSTRIAL” and “OK compost HOME”. We STARCH your plastics. Made in Austria. AMITROPLAST ® THERMOPLASTIC STARCH BIO-BASED & HOME-COMPOSTABLE. PERFORMING. COST COMPETITIVE. FOR YOU. AMITROPLAST ® allows you to incorporate 50 % or more of thermoplastic starch in your compound for film extrusion and injection moulding. www.bio-fed.com firstname.lastname@example.org AGRANA.COM THE NATURAL UPGRADE bioplastics MAGAZINE [04/18] Vol. 13 33