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Issue 05/2016

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Editorial dear readers

Editorial dear readers Yes, this is a big issue. And not only because a big event – K 2016 - is coming up soon. From 19-26 October, the World’s No. 1 international trade fair for plastics and rubber will be hosted in Düsseldorf, Germany. We’ve provided a comprehensive show preview on pp. 32 and a detachable show-guide with map on pp. 36-37. Don’t forget to drop by our booth B10 in hall 7a, where we’ll also be marking our own 10 th anniversary this year with a small birthday celebration. At the show, we are sharing a booth with European Bioplastics, creating a bioplastics hub to provide visitors with information and assistance – or simply a place to touch base with what’s going on in the bioplastics community. A highlight in this issue is the section on Fibres, Textiles, Nonwovens. We have a look at the traditional, man-made synthetic, yet nevertheless renewably-sourced fibres based on cellulose, as well as casein-based fibres and textile fibres derived from PLA. The second highlight topic is Elastomers and Polyurethanes. This is an area that is steadily drawing increasing interest, as demand for biobased elastic or rubbery materials expands. In this issue, we’ve included contributions on polyurethanes as well as TPE, TPU and TPV materials. Co-Polyesters, such as PBAT or PBS are the topic of our Basics article on pp. 60. These co-polyesters, most of which are biodegradable and compostable, were mainly made of petroleum in the past. However, researchers have been increasingly successful in the development of new biobased building blocks. As a result, platform chemicals such as bio-BDO, bio-PDO and dicarboxylic acids like succinic acid are already or will soon become available. Finally, I’d like to remind you of our three-day Bioplastics Business Breakfast event during the K-Show on October 20-22. See the complete programme and find more information on pp. 10-11. We hope to see you at the K-Show, or perhaps later, on November 29-30 at the 11 th European Bioplastics Conference in Berlin, where we’ll once again be presenting the annual Global Bioplastics Award (see the 5 finalists on pp.12-13). Until then, enjoy reading bioplastics MAGAZINE. bioplastics MAGAZINE Vol. 11 ISSN 1862-5258 Highlights Elastomers / PUR | 47 Fibres / Textiles | 14 Basics Co-Polyester | 60 Show Preview | 32 Sep / Oct 05 | 2016 ... is read in 92 countries Follow us on twitter! Sincerely yours Michael Thielen Like us on Facebook! bioplastics MAGAZINE [05/16] Vol. 11 3

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