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Issue 05/2016

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K‘2016 Preview EREMA With CAREFORMANCE the global market leader is all set to herald the age of Recycling 4.0 as the first in the plastics recycling industry to present an extensive Smart Factory package for both recyclers and producers. Recycling 4.0 is no future trend, it will be reality starting at K 2016. At K'2016 EREMA (Ansfelden, Austria) will be building on the success of the INTAREMA ® technology presented in 2013, this time with its trade fair theme of “Careformance – We care about your performance” to grow its pioneering role this year with Industry 4.0 applications. “Building on the high degree of automation of the Intarema systems we have developed a Smart Factory package which enables us to give our customers a clear competitive edge and make them fit for the future,” reveals Erema CEO Manfred Hackl. Visitors to the trade fair will not only experience Careformance in theory, they will also see it live in action at the Careformance Recycling Centre covering 480m 2 in the outdoor area. This is where visitors will find an Intarema TVEplus 1108 with integrated Laserfilter which will be recycling some of the plastic waste from the K show live on site. The machine, quality and process data will be transferred in real time to the Erema booth in Hall 9. Besides the premiere of the live recycling, visitors will be able to judge how convincing progress in the development of plastics packaging recycling is. The closed product loop from production to reuse will likewise be presented in live demonstrations. And last but not least the Recycling Centre will feature an extensive exhibition of products made with recyclate, showing how many branches of industry are committed to recyclate. www.erema.at FG 09.1 and 9C05 AIMPLAS AIMPLAS, the Spanish Plastics Technology Centre, will launch its innovations on advanced materials and bioplastics. The use of plastics in the packaging sector plays an important role in the so-called “circular economy”. In this way, at K’2016 Aimplas is launching different and innovative solutions to improve the sustainability, where bioplastic materials with biodegradable and compostable properties are the main protagonists. For instance, the first tube-shaped biodegradable packaging for cosmetics and packages for dairy products with the same properties that withstand thermal treatments, such as sterilisation and pasteurization, too. Other examples of innovations are packages for juice or patisserie manufactured with sugars obtained from the wastes generated by the industries themselves and multilayer, recyclable and biodegradable packages allowing preserving products such as cheese and fresh pasta. www.aimplas.es 7.1B41 Lanxess The LANXESS Rhein Chemie Additives (ADD) business unit is expanding its large product range of hydrolysis stabilizers for plastics and polyurethanes with the addition of Stabaxol P 110, the first product in a new line of innovative, low-emission polymeric carbodiimides based on alternative raw materials. With Stabaxol P 110, as with the other new carbodiimides, Lanxess is addressing the trend towards customized antihydrolysis agents that are tailor-made for use in individual applications and are thus an enormous improvement with respect to stabilization performance, toxicology, emissions and handling. Stabaxol P 110 shows outstanding performance when used in the thermoplastics PET and PBT and in thermoplastic elastomers (TPE-E). In particular its use in the bioplastic polylactide (PLA) leads to a major extension of the service life of the final article under moist and warm operating conditions. Stabaxol P 110 is supplied in pellet form or as an easy-flowing powder. It can be very easily processed as it does not have to be pre-heated in the production process, has a high softening point of 80 °C and is thus easy to meter uniformly. Typical applications include monofilaments for paper machine screens, cable sheathing, engineering injection moldings and electronic housings. www.lanxess.com 6C76 34 bioplastics MAGAZINE [05/16] Vol. 11

K‘2016 Preview Kaneka Kaneka Biopolymer AONILEX is 100% plant-based and biodegradable polymer to offer flexibility in films and heat resistance in solid products. Aonilex is produced by Kaneka’s unique microbial fermentation process, can be processed on conventional polymer processing equipment, and is applicable to versatile biodegradable and durable applications. Kaneka's focal point for the establishment of manufacturing technology is utilizing non-food biomasses as a primary raw material, and it contributes to a reduced use of fossil-based materials. Additionally, their recent research shows that Aonilex has biodegradable behavior in marine environment, where it can contribute to reducing marine pollution by plastics. www.kaneka.be 6A40 bioplastics MAGAZINE bioplastics MAGAZINE is celebrating its 10 th anniversary – at K’2016. For 10 years now, bioplastics MAGAZINE has kept all interested readers informed about all developments in the field of bioplastics: i.e. plastics that are made from renewable resources, and plastics that are biodegradable or plastics that are both. The joint booth at K’2016, together with the industry association European Bioplastics, will again be a hub for all visitors interested in these trendsetting materials. More than 130 companies will present their bioplastics products and services in Düsseldorf. So the joint booth will assist everyone to find the right company for their needs. In addition, bioplastics MAGAZINE will present the trade journal, the smartphone and tablet app, their books and consulting services and finally their conference programm. The latter includes the Bioplastics Business Breakfast, now organized already for the third time (see pp 10 for details). www.bioplasticsmagazine.com 7aB10 FKuR Bioplastic specialist FKuR (Willich, Germany) has developed a new technology for the production of compounds which can be processed into flexible packaging films with particularly low thickness and, at the same time, high puncture resistance. With Bio-Flex ® FX 1120 and Bio-Flex FX 1130, FKuR will be presenting the first two products based on this new technology. Films made from these materials are suitable for food contact and compostable according to EN 13432. Depending upon the type, the proportion of renewable raw materials is more than 50 %. The processing of both FX types of Bio-Flex corresponds largely to standard PE processing. • For especially thin films Bio-Flex ® FX 1130 is designed to complement the previous standard compound Bio-Flex ® F 1130. Whilst films made of conventional F 1130 have a paperlike touch the FX quality offers a silky surface. Films produced with this blend are further characterized by an increased tensile strength, puncture and tear resistance. This enables converters to use less material without compromising the performance characteristics of the film. In practice, it has been proven that film thicknesses of 8 microns are possible. In addition, film manufacturers benefit from high throughputs in extrusion, as well as excellent sealing properties of the material. • For 50 % biobased bags Bio-Flex ® FX 1120 is a new development for film production, especially for very thin bags, such as bio-waste bags. The increased water resistance, when compared to starch blends, permits a high retention of moisture which is originated during the decomposition of organic products in bio-bags. With a high proportion of renewable raw materials of more than 50 %, the Bio-Flex ® FX 1120 compound fulfills the requirements of the German Bio-waste Ordinance. Julian Schmeling, head of development at FKuR says: „Aside from the use of renewable resources, material reduction is an essential pillar on the road to achieving greater sustainability. This applies to conventional plastics as well as to bioplastics. In conventional polyolefin films, the trend to produce thinner films without the loss of strength and toughness is already known for quite some time. Films made from biodegradable resins have reached sufficient performance values with thicknesses of about 15 microns. In practice, the film thicknesses today are between 18 and 26 microns. Thanks to the use of novel polymeric additive systems and an adapted compounding process, FKuR now provides converters with the possibility to follow the trend using bioplastics and combine significant material savings along with compostability.“ www.fkur.com 6E48 bioplastics MAGAZINE [05/16] Vol. 11 35

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