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Issue 05/2016

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Content Imprint Fibres, Textiles, Nonwovens 14 Biobased textile world 16 Biobased polyester Fibres 18 Wood based fibres for industrial applications Events 10 Biobased Business Breakfast 32 K’2016 - Show preview 36 K’2016 - Show-Guide with map Award 12 11 th Global Bioplastics Award Polyurethanes, Elastomers 47 Bioplastic for bio tube tie 48 New biobased compounds 50 Biobased polyols and additives 52 From cork to polyurethane 54 Green TPE compounds 56 Bio-TPU 58 Polyurethane news Materials 30 Mineral plastic 31 The elegance of traditional Japanese lacquerware 3D Printing 44 PLA homopolymers for 3D printing Processing 64 Twins help melting Opinion 59 Chemistry’s new players and value chains 05|2016 Sept / Oct Basics 60 Co-Polyester 62 PBS Ten Years Ago 63 Complete mobile phone housing made of PLA reinforced with kenaf fibres 3 Editorial 5 News 26 Application News 66 Suppliers Guide 69 Event Calendar 70 Companies in this issue Publisher / Editorial Dr. Michael Thielen (MT) Karen Laird (KL) 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 Layout/Production Kerstin Neumeister Print Poligrāfijas grupa Mūkusala Ltd. 1004 Riga, Latvia bioplastics MAGAZINE is printed on chlorine-free FSC certified paper. Print run: 9,700 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 articles appearing in bioplastics MAGAZINE, or on the website 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 A part of this print run is mailed to the readers wrapped in BIOPLAST 300 bioplastic envelopes sponsored by BIOTEC GmbH & Co. KG Cover Photo: Lukas Gojda / Shutterstock Follow us on twitter: Like us on Facebook:

daily upated news at News Composites go green The annual tradeshow COMPOSITES EUROPE 2016, (29 November – 1 December in Düsseldorf, Germany) again presents renewable raw materials. For the third time, exhibitors together with nova- Institute will use the shared booth biobased composites to showcase how great sustainable solutions can be with regard to lightweight construction, materials and modern production and automation solution. Because of the great success of the first two events, the joint stand is now significantly bigger. More than 20 companies will present their biobased composites on 150 m². Besides wood, natural fibre, WPC and NFC companies, also companies from the field of biobased thermosets and thermoplastics are invited to present their services and products. The following key players and service providers of the biobased industry are part of the joint pavillion: • Biowert ( provider of plastic granulates made of meadow grass (DE) • EcoTechnilin ( provider of “FibriPreg Technology”, refining eco-resin from TransFurans Chemicals (Belgium) for use in aviation and automotive (UK) • European Industrial Hemp Association (www. Association of the European industrial hemp industry, provider of technical hemp fibres for composites, joint booth (DE/EU) • Fibres Recherche Développement ® ( is an R&D competence centre and engineering platform for industrial projects that facilitates the emergence and development of new valorisations of vegetable fibres in materials (FR) • Fimalin ( represents companies from the whole value chain of linen production to composites in France (FR) • Groupe Depestele ( Europe’s leading private flax producer, the Depestele Group operates approximately 8000 ha of plains in Normandy, obtaining various products: long fibre, short fibre, shives and seeds (FR) • Lineo ( Lineo offers new solutions for flax fibres in composites (FR) • nova-Institut ( offers market research in the area of natural fibres, biocomposites and biobased polymers, technoeconomic evaluation, Life Cycle Assessment, project development and consulting (DE) • Safilin ( Europe’s leading spinner for hemp and flax fibres (FR) MT Please find more information about the biobased pavilion at: Toyobo and Avantium partner on PEF Toyobo and Avantium have announced that they jointly developed thin films made from PEF, a 100 % biobased plastic based on Avantium’s proprietary YXY technology for the production of FDCA. These PEF films are about 10 µm in thickness and can be applied for food packaging, in electronics applications such as displays or solar panels, industrial and medical packages. Compared to standard PET films, PEF films have a 10 x higher oxygen barrier, 2~3 x higher water vapor barrier, improved mechanical strength and are fully transparent. The performance benefits enable new packaging opportunities, such as transparent pouches for soups, sauces or baby foods. The barrier properties extend the shelf life when packaging oxygen sensitive products like meat, fish, dairy products, or fresh pizzas, or moisture sensitive products such as cereals, cookies, crisps, personal care or medical products, and enhance the aroma barrier for packaged cheeses, fish or detergents. The market development of the PEF films in Asia will be performed in collaboration with Mitsui & Co., Ltd.. with which Avantium announced a partnership in December 2015. The parties expect to offer samples for packaging tests from 2017 onwards. Moreover, Toyobo and Avantium are jointly optimizing polymerization processes in Toyobo’s existing polymerization assets to produce PEF resin at commercial scale from MEG (ethylene glycol) and Avantium’s biobased chemical building block, FDCA. The parties intend to scale up PEF resin production to Toyobo’s commercial polymerization lines in Iwakuni, Japan. “I have been impressed by the innovative capability and drive of the Japanese industry”, says Tom van Aken (CEO Avantium). “Toyobo has state-of-the-art know-how and manufacturing capability in polymerization and thin films. The outstanding performance of PEF offers the potential of replacing complex and petroleum based multilayer packaging solutions, with a biobased and recyclable PEF film, without compromising the high quality standards required by Japanese packaging market. We are proud to work with such an excellent partner to scale up PEF polymer and thin film production. These developments support our efforts, in partnership with Mitsui, to introduce 100% biobased PEF products such as films and bottles to consumers in Asia, making PEF a commercial reality.” “Using our flexible assets and the know-how of our employees, it is the strategy of Toyobo to stay ahead of the curve in bringing innovative products to the market”, states Chikao Morishige, Senior General Manager Plastics Production Technology Operating Department at Toyobo. ‘100 % biobased PEF fits very well with our track record of introducing innovative materials and products to the market. Toyobo is therefore pleased to be working with Avantium and Mitsui to bring high performance PEF based packaging to customers.’ In March this year Avantium announced it is in exclusive negotiations with BASF with the intention of establishing a joint venture for the production and market development of FDCA and the marketing of PEF. KL/MT bioplastics MAGAZINE [05/16] Vol. 11 5

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