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Content Imprint 05|2015 Sep / Oct Materials 22 Key milestone for commercial PHA production 16 PHA 3D printing filaments 28 New LCA Award 10 The 10 th Bioplastics Award Basics 48 Land Use (Update) From Science & Research 18 How much bio is in there Report 32 3D printing ‐ the sophisticated way 34 A “Made in Europe” Biorefinery Fibres / Textiles 12 Efficiency boost in PA fibre recycling 13 QMilk fibres close to market launch 14 Improved PLA twines for horticulture support 15 World’s first piezoelectric fabrics for wearable devices 16 New biobased fibers for automotive interior applications Barrier 36 Barrier... but also biobased and thermoformable 38 PLA and Cellulose based film laminates 40 Renewable material with superior barrier performance 42 Cellulose based barrier solutions 44 Improvement of barrier properties on PLA‐based packaging products 46 A multilayer cellulosic packaging with a bio‐based barrier 3 Editorial 5 News 24 Material News 30 Application News 50 Glossary 54 Suppliers Guide 57 Event Calendar 58 Companies in this issue Publisher / Editorial Dr. Michael Thielen (MT) Samuel Brangenberg (SB) Karen Laird (KL) Head Office Polymedia Publisher GmbH Dammer Str. 112 41066 Mönchengladbach, Germany phone: +49 (0)2161 6884469 fax: +49 (0)2161 6884468 Media Adviser Caroline Motyka phone: +49(0)2161‐6884467 fax: +49(0)2161 6884468 Chris Shaw Chris Shaw Media Ltd Media Sales Representative phone: +44 (0) 1270 522130 mobile: +44 (0) 7983 967471 Layout/Production Ulrich Gewehr (Dr. Gupta Verlag) Max Godenrath (Dr. Gupta Verlag) Print Poligrāfijas grupa Mūkusala Ltd. 1004 Riga, Latvia bioplastics MAGAZINE is printed on chlorine‐free FSC certified paper. Total print run: 3,500 copies 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. No items may be reproduced, copied or stored in any form, including electronic format, without the prior consent of the publisher. Opinions expressed in articies do not necessarily reflect those of Polymedia Publisher. All articies appearing in bioplastics MAGAZINE, or on the website www. are strictly covered by copyright. 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 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 part of this print run is mailed to the readers wrapped in BoPLA envelopes sponsored by Taghleef Industries, S.p.A. Maropack GmbH & Co. KG, and SFV Verpackungen Cover Photo: PEPPERSMINT (shutterstock) Follow us on twitter: Like us on Facebook:

daily upated news at News New corporate identity for the Novamont group “Today we greet the world with a new corporate image, that reflects the DNA of our values, celebrates our evolution over the years into today’s Novamont, and demonstrates our desire to be promoters of change.” With these words, Novamont CEO, Catia Bastioli opened the presentation of the new visual identity for Novamont and Mater‐Bi ® , the family of products which has made Novamont the world’s leading company in the bioplastics and biochemicals sector. “We are now no longer a single company. After significant investments, we have become a group of companies, a network of production and research sites, a sales network that stretches out across the globe and a major joint venture. We are now a group that has its roots firmly in the local areas but its head in the world. Our new corporate image confirms our drive towards continuous innovation, which has always been the driving force behind our development,” she added. Designed by Lorenzo Marini Group, the new corporate image is a blue-green ribbon which wraps around itself in an upward circular movement, representing the idea of a perpetual drive towards excellence in research, planet Earth and regeneration. A perfect synthesis of the systemic approach with which Novamont is revisiting the traditional production-consumption-disposal economic model from a different standpoint, that of circular economy and supplychains, with undoubted advantages for the environment and for local areas. Tilted sideways, the ribbon becomes the letter M, standing for Mater-Bi, the family of products developed through the integration of chemistry, the environment and agriculture. The result of over 25 years of research and innovation and of around 1,000 patents, Mater-Bi can provide solutions to specific environmental problems, that of organic waste for example, marking the present and the future of a truly sustainable development for both the environment and for society. Though different, the two symbols can transmute into each other, signifying the strength of the bond between the original development model that Novamont strives towards and the concreteness of demonstration, made possible by the case studies and the integrated supply chains pioneered by Mater-Bi over the years. Novamont research has spawned an international industrial reality with Italian roots, but also a platform for interdisciplinary innovation of great potential, which is able to interconnect different worlds and catalyse new initiatives that can be replicated in many other contexts. “With our customary passion and our new brand identity, together with our partners and colleagues we are ready to face a global market that can no longer ignore the essential and central role of natural resources for mankind”, Catia Bastioli concluded. KL New ASTM Standard on biodegradability of plastics in water Laboratories will soon be able to use a new ASTM International standard to test and better understand biodegradability of plastics in marine environments. The new standard (soon to be published as D7991, Test Method for Determining Aerobic Biodegradation of Plastics Buried in Sandy Marine Sediment Under Controlled Laboratory Conditions) provides ways to simulate how plastics degrade in seawater-soaked sand. According to ASTM member Francesco Degli Innocenti (director, ecology of products and environmental communication, Novamont), the recent discovery of major contamination in the oceans has heightened interest in the biodegradability of plastics. “The environment cannot cope with massive littering, whether it’s biodegradable or not,” says Innocenti, “However, there are certain products prone to being lost at sea – such as fishing gear – that could have much less environmental impact by being made with plastics that biodegrade quickly in that environment.” The standard will provide specific test methods that determine biodegradation rates in different marine habitats simulated in laboratories. Such tests will help establish parameters to develop plastics that ensure faster biodegradation. The standard will also advance the understanding of biodegradation when unexpected or uncontrolled releases of plastics occur. All interested parties are invited to join in the standards developing activities of Subcommittee D20.96 on Environmentally Degradable Plastics and Biobased Products. In addition to continuing work on standards for biodegradation in water, the subcommittee is working on proposed standards for biodegradation in soil. MT bioplastics MAGAZINE [05/15] Vol. 10 5

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